Allawi Backs Out of New Policy Body

Ayad Allawi, whose Iraqiya party won the most seats in last year’s election but failed to secure the position of prime minister, has resigned as chair of the National Council on Strategic Policies, because the supervisory council has not been formed.

The position was created as a concession in a power-sharing deal that would allow the formation of the current government with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki returning as prime minister, despite coming second in the election. It was to have kept Maliki’s growing powers in check.

"I will not participate in the national council ... This is a final decision, and Iraqiya can choose another person instead of me", Allawi told the Al-Rasheed satellite television channel.

(Source: AFP)

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