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Shi'ite Alliance Postpones Decision On Al-Ja'fari

Ibrahim al-Jafari (file photo) (RFE/RL) April 11, 2006 -- Leaders of Iraq's main Shi'ite bloc were unable to reach a decision today on whether to keep incumbent Ibrahim al-Ja'fari as their nominee for prime minister, and have put off further talks until April 12.

Sunni and Kurdish parties are opposed to al-Ja'fari serving another term, blaming him for failing to end sectarian violence. A representative at today's talks said al-Ja'fari's own Islamic Al-Da'wah Party continues to stand by him.

One member of the Shi'ite alliance, the Al-Fadhila party, says it is prepared to name another candidate if the alliance drops al-Ja'fari. Al-Fadhila is not a powerful force in the United Iraqi Alliance, but its stance may pressure other members to start considering other candidates.

The standoff has left a power vacuum in Iraq nearly four months after parliamentary elections.


Sectarian Iraq

Sectarian Iraq

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SUNNI, SHI'A: Iraq is riven along sectarian lines, faults that frequently produce violent clashes and are a constant source of tension. Sectarian concerns drive much of Iraqi politics and are the main threat to the country's fragile security environment.

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