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July 31, 2003 | From Associated Press
After weeks of struggling to choose a leader, Iraq's U.S.-picked interim government named its first president on Wednesday -- a Shiite Muslim from a party banned by deposed President Saddam Hussein. Ibrahim Jafari, a Shiite and spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party, was picked to be the first of nine men who will serve one-month stints leading postwar Iraq. He will hold the presidency in August.
February 20, 2005 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
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.
April 4, 2004 | Michael Rubin, Michael Rubin is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and was a governance team advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
Last summer, as Iraqis sweltered outside, the Coalition Provisional Authority met in the marbled corridors and air-conditioned offices of one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces to hash out how to fund political parties. The State Department was adamant, insisting that the CPA should maintain "an even playing field" and should not favor one party over another. Parties affiliated with the Iraqi Governing Council's militant Islamists and liberal secularists should receive the same treatment.
March 19, 2006 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
Three years ago, as they ordered more than 150,000 U.S. troops to race toward Baghdad, Bush administration officials confidently predicted that Iraq would quickly evolve into a prosperous, oil-fueled democracy. When those goals proved optimistic, they lowered their sights, focusing on a military campaign to defeat Sunni-led insurgents and elections to jump-start a new political order.
March 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Kurdish and Shiite Muslim leaders agreed Monday to convene Iraq's new parliament this week even if they fail to iron out some of the wrinkles in their deal to form a coalition government. Shiite officials said they had also agreed to reach out to the country's Sunni Muslim community to name the parliamentary speaker for the 275-member National Assembly, which convenes Wednesday.
July 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Iran's president pledged Sunday to increase security cooperation with Iraq, saying Tehran "will do its utmost" to restore stability in its neighbor, with whom it fought an eight-year war in the 1980s. Mohammad Khatami offered Iran's cooperation while meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, who is making the first visit here by an Iraqi head of government since Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003.
March 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Iraq's Shiite vice president finally agreed Wednesday to sign a presidential decree calling parliament into session, a critical but precarious step in forming a government. Adel Abdul Mehdi's signature cleared the way for the muchdelayed first session as early as Sunday but also openly signaled a fundamental disagreement within once-unified majority Shiite Muslim ranks.
June 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Seeking to expedite Saddam Hussein's prosecution, Iraq will put the former dictator on trial in connection with 12 of the best-documented crimes among more than 500 allegedly committed by the former Iraqi dictator, a key official said Sunday. Laith Kubba, spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari, said the government was confident that court proceedings in the case would begin within two months.
September 18, 2005 | From Reuters
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari on Saturday offered the United Nations a rosy picture of the situation in his nation, saying it was "regaining security and stability." "We are marching toward political stability and economic prosperity," he said at the 60th session of the 191-nation U.N. General Assembly. About 250 people have been slain in Iraq since Wednesday, when a suicide bomber killed more than 110 day laborers by luring them to his minivan with promises of work.
August 26, 2005 | From Reuters
Police said the bodies of 36 shooting victims had been found south of Baghdad, and several Iraqis died overnight in clashes in the southern part of the country. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Abdel Haneen Hamoud said by telephone that the bodies of 36 men were found in a shallow river, each with a single bullet wound to the head. In the south, the clashes between rival Shiite groups apparently were triggered by differences over a draft constitution.
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