Sunday, April 3, 2005

Meet the chairman

According to Mohammed at Iraq the Model, the Iraqi Assembly has finally selected a chairman. At this hour I could not find corroboration for this on any MSM outlet; coverage of the Pope's passing is dominating.

This is very good news for Iraq. Given the very complicated rules and the coalitions that had to be put together to accomplish this, and the fact that this is the first time the Iraqis have ever engaged in a process even remotely like this, the progress is remarkable.

Mohammed reports that the choice is Hachim Al-Hasani, currently the minister of industry. His description paints him as a trusted moderate, who is likely to focus on governmental corruption — which sounds like a terrific place to start.

Let's hope this good start translates into good execution...

UPDATE: This good news has now been confirmed by numerous sources.

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