The National Assembly of Iraq elected on Wednesday a presidential council made up of three people: Jalal Talabani, head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, as a president; Adil Abd al-Mahdi (a Shiite) and Sheikh Ghazi al-Yawar (a Sunni), the former provisional president, as vice presidents.
The presidential council will have two weeks to name a replacement for Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. This key post will most likely be filled by a Shiite Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the United Iraqi Alliance's candidate. France-Presse reported the announcement may be made as soon as tomorrow.
Ousted members of the former government - including toppled peresident Saddam Hussein - were allowed to watch the event on Wednesday on television in their prison cells, reports Aljazeera.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war