February 23, 2005 |
Ibrahim Jafari, a Muslim scholar and leader of Iraq's oldest Islamist party, was unanimously nominated as prime minister Tuesday by the Shiite-led alliance that carried the country's historic elections last month, and his confirmation by the national assembly seemed all but assured. The selection of Jafari opens the way for the first Shiite-led government in Iraq's modern existence, and it signals a dramatic change for the Arab world, where Sunni Muslims are dominant.
April 2, 2006 |
Prominent Shiite politicians deserted beleaguered Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari on Saturday and revealed that they had started looking for a less polarizing figure who could help overcome differences blocking the formation of a unity government. Kurdish, Sunni Arab and secular blocs all have lined up against Jafari, but members of the governing Shiite bloc had stuck with him. U.S.
February 20, 2005 |
He is a soft-spoken general practitioner whose life's work has been guiding a secretive Islamic party in exile in Iran and Britain. It has made him both resolute and cautious. He doesn't even use his real family name. Now the ascetic man in the background, Ibrahim Jafari, could end up as the prime minister of Iraq. Jafari isn't the only candidate hoping to lead the new transitional government after its historic election Jan. 30.
September 13, 2005 |
Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari ignored a purported Al Qaeda threat and visited here Monday to congratulate Iraqi forces for rousting militants, Iraqi television reported. The state-controlled Al Iraqiya channel, which showed no pictures, said Jafari had gone to Tall Afar despite insurgents' threat to unleash chemical and biological weapons against the 5,000 Iraqi soldiers and commandos, backed by 3,500 U.S. troops, who stormed the city Saturday.
March 27, 2005 |
The Shiite Muslim politician likely to be Iraq's next prime minister said Saturday that the country's long-awaited government could be formed within days, ending nearly two months of tortured negotiations since the nation's historic Jan. 30 vote. "God willing, the government could witness its birth in the coming few days," Ibrahim Jafari said. Members of the country's new 275-member National Assembly were sworn in during the first session March 16.
March 5, 2006 |
Iraq's Kurdish president said Saturday that he had joined Sunni Arab and secular politicians in trying to block interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari from a second term because the Shiite leader had become a divisive figure. President Jalal Talabani's remarks were his first explanation for Wednesday's move against Jafari by the Kurdish Alliance, Sunni Arab National Accordance Front and the secular Iraqi National List. "I want to be clear, it is not against Dr. Jafari as a person.