Member of Iraq Governing Council killed as announcement on new president delayed
A member of the Iraqi Governing Council and Secretary General of the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) was killed on Monday in an attack in Baghdad.
Al-Arabiya TV reported that the Sunni politician Mohsen Abdel Hamid had been killed.
Mohsen Abdel Hamid's party played a key role in negotiating an end to the recent violence in Fallujah, acting as a broker between US forces and the residents of the city.
Meanwhile, a Governing Council meeting to select a new Iraqi president has been postponed for a day, three officials said Monday.
Three officials, including council member Mahmoud Othman, reported the postponement without providing further details. The parties had set the end of May as a deadline to declare the government.
The delay in choosing a president suggests differences between the Iraqi council and the U.S.-run occupation over who should get the job persist.
According to The AP, a majority of the Iraqi council reportedly favors the current head, civil engineer Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, while the Americans back an 81-year-old former foreign minister, Adnan Pachachi. (Albawaba.com)
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