Brahimi is in charge of putting together a new Iraqi government. His spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, said the envoy "respects" the decision of the IGC. But it is not clear if Allawi will be Brahimi's final recommendation for prime minister.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Washington cannot confirm that Allawi will be Iraq's next prime minister: "We have no position on any candidate at this moment because we are waiting to hear from Ambassador Brahimi, and he needs time to complete his work."
Allawi is a physician and a member of the IGCl. He was formerly secretary-general of the U.S.-sponsored Iraq National Accord, an opposition group made up in part of former military officers who had defected from Saddam Hussein's regime.