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Shia named council head

Baghdad, July 30 (Reuters): Iraq’s US-backed governing council named a Shia politician as its first leader today, after adopting a rotating presidency which will give representatives of all major groups a turn at being in charge.

Ibrahim Jaafari, a medical doctor who is the spokesman of the Shia Da’wa party, was chosen as the first president of the self-rule body. After more than two weeks of labourious discussion, the governing council of 25 Iraqis decided yesterday that nine of its members — drawn from various religious, ethnic and political factions — would take turns at being president. Each will serve for a month. Jaafari will be followed by Iraqi National Congress head Ahmed Chalabi.

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