Wednesday :: Feb 16, 2005

Chalabi Works His Way Into A Secret Ballot For Iraqi Prime Minister


by Steve

All I want to know is this: who is counting the ballots?

Top Shiite politicians failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on their nominee for prime minister, shifting the two-man race to a secret ballot and exposing divisions in the winning alliance.
After hours of closed-door meetings, members of the United Iraqi Alliance agreed to hold a secret ballot to choose between Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Ahmad Chalabi, most likely on Friday, said Ali Hashim al-Youshaa, one of the alliance's leaders.
A close aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite Muslims, said the alliance's leaders will visit the grand ayatollah's office in Najaf to get his blessing for their choice for prime minister. In the event they can't agree, al-Sistani will make the final decision, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

What chance is there that al-Sistani would ever agree to Chalabi over al-Jaafari? I'd say slim. But I'm sure that a lot of money has been spread around in the last several days.

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