posted on Jun, 1 2004 @ 02:05 AM
In a morning of confusion in the Iraq Governing Council, their first choice for President - 81 year old Adnan Pachachi - declined the post. Current
Council leader Ghazi al Yawar, 45, was then named President, and as of yet has not declined the position.
The Iraqi Governing Council first chose Pachachi as the president of Iraq following the June 30 handover of power. Pachachi has been heavily
supported by Coalition officials as the future leader of the country.
However, in a surprise move, Pachachi has turned down the appointment.
Governing Council leader Ghazi al Yawar has been given the job of Iraq's new president, according to Reuters news agency.
The news came moments after AFP news agency reported that US-backed Adnan Pachachi turned the job down.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Yawar is a civil engineer originally from Mosulin the northern area of Iraq. His uncle, Sheikh Mohsen Adil al-Yawar is the head of the Shamar tribe,
which encompasses both Sunnis and Shi'ites. He spent 15 years in Saudi Arabia, returning to Iraq in June 2003.
He is a Sunni Muslim and has been vocally critical of US and UN involvement with Iraq.
Pachachi was born on May 14, 1923 in Baghdad. He served as foreign minister under UAE Presidents Abdul Salam Arif and Abdul Rahman Arif from 1965-67
and as UN Representative in 1959-65 and 1967-68.
He left Iraq in exile in 1971 to settle in the United Arab Emirates, and returned to his birthplace in May 2003.
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[Edited on 1-6-2004 by Banshee]
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