Iraqi PM Agrees to Step Aside

Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has reversed himself and agreed to step down. This is potentially a huge step forward toward democracy and stability.

Certainly, leaders in Iraq are relieved:

At a news conference outside the legislative hall, President Jalal Talabani expressed confidence that with the hurdle of the prime minister past, other disputes over top government jobs could be quickly overcome. “There will be a friendly atmosphere and there will be a national unity government,” he said.


Acting speaker Adnan Pachachi later said the Iraqi parliament session scheduled for Thursday would be delayed for two days to allow time “to intensify our efforts to overcome the obstacles,” created after Sunnis and Kurds rejected al-Jaafari’s nomination.
“I am confident we will succeed in forming the national unity government that all Iraqis are hoping for,” Pachachi said.

Richard Oppel adds,

In the long months of haggling that have dragged on since last December’s parliamentary elections, there have been many potential breakthroughs that came to naught, and other stubborn disputes remain before a government can take office. But the fight over the choice of a new prime minister has been the biggest stumbling block.

That’s it in a nutshell, I think. This is the best news out of Iraq in months. There’s still a lot that could go wrong, to be sure, but if this leads to the formation of a popularly acceptable governing coalition, we are at least back on track.

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  1. Bhoe says:

    Mission Accomplished!

  2. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Funny, on Yahoo’s AP posts, there are not headlines indicating the Iraqi PM stepping down, thus revealing, as if it were not already known, a certain bias from the Associated Press. Looks like good news from Iraq is not the news the Main stream press wants us to see.

  3. Roger says:

    Another elected leader to be replaced by a runner up. I guess Bush was serious about making Iraq a democracy like his version of the U.S.

  4. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Roger, the perpetuation of a lie does not ever make it true. Bush was not a runner up to algore nor Kerry. Your claim that he was is a lie and cannot be backed up. Your claim is a phony as Kerry’s war wounds. Why you insist on trying to make that point in spite of the good news from Iraq only shows you too, are against anything Bush is for, refusing to recognize the will of the majority. Don’t quote polls, what do you expect with nothing but bad news from a bias media. The left, once again has proven they have no honor, ethics or morals.

  5. Roger says:

    Zelsdorf, I agree with you. Repeating lies never makes them true.

    Interesting disconnect there with how the ’04 election poll is ok by you but any poll results you disagree with must be due to the SCLM’s biased coverage. You sound like LJD.

    Let’s see. I agree with Bush’s acceptance of McClellan’s resignation.

    I hope the news is good in Iraq for our soldiers’ sake. Still waiting, though. Haven’t seen much good from Bush’s war yet.