Thursday, March 27, 2003

This from The Scotsman, on the formation of an Iraqi government in exile.

Here's the lede:

The Iraqi opposition has formed a government-in-waiting to assume office in Baghdad in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s downfall.

A four-man leadership committee of prominent opposition figures -- Ahmed Chalabi, Massoud Barzani, Jalal Talabani and Abul Aziz Hakim -- has been named at the head of the Iraqi Interim Authority.


The Interim Authority has formed a joint command that will oversee the military activities of the main militias in the opposition which have been placed at the disposal of a US marines general, based in Kurdistan to oversee a northern front. It has also named 14 new committees to take control of important ministries in Baghdad as soon as the allied military command turns over power to a civilian authority.

The article speculates that the front-runner to succeed Saddam is Iraqi National Congress head, Ahmad Chalabi:

Powerful Pentagon sponsors of Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi National Congress, have promoted the Shia banker as the obvious candidate to replace Saddam Hussein. Opposition from the State Department has faded since the launch of military action, said Mr Musawi, Mr Chalabi’s deputy and spokesman. Still, he conceded that the White House has still not signed up to the opposition scheme for a quick transfer of power.

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