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UN Envoy: New Government in Iraq By June Deadline Still Possible - 2004-04-25


The United Nations envoy for Iraq says forming a new government there by the June 30th deadline is possible -- although it will not be an easy task.

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi also said today (Saturday) that the government that takes over in Iraq will have limited power. He made the comments in Paris following talks with French President Jacques Chirac.

The Washington Post today reports the United States and the United Nations plan to exclude from the new Iraqi government most of the Iraqi politicians on the U.S.-appointed Governing Council.

The newspaper quotes Mr. Brahimi as saying the Iraqi people want different leaders than those now serving on the council. It reports opinion polls in Iraq show that most of the 25 members on the current council have little public support.

The newspaper quotes U.S. and U.N. officials as saying that Ahmed Chalabi, a Shi'ite politician once favored by the Bush administration, is among those likely to be left out of the new government.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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