May 31, 2004

Sovereignty. Democracy. Freedom.
Iraqis boiling at Bushies' ban on their pick for president.

Boy, that sounds familiar, dunnit?

Iraqi leaders were dismayed that the United States Monday were blocking their choice of a president to succeed Saddam when the US occupation authority is wound up in a month's time.

Council members said Paul Bremer and UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi were pressuring them to back Adnan Pachachi, an 81-year-old former foreign minister.

"There's quite a lot of interference. They should let the Iraqis decide for themselves. This is an Iraqi affair," Mahmoud Othman, a Kurd on the 22-member Council, told Reuters.

"We were hoping that this government would have some legitimacy," said Jawad al-Boulani. "But if the government is formed in this way the Iraqi people will reject it."

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