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Chalabi Aide Criticizes Brahimi's Transition Plan

By Robert McMahon

United Nations, 7 May 2004 (RFE/RL) -- An aide to Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi has renewed objections to the political transition plan proposed by UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, saying the process should be guided by Iraqis.

Entifadh Qanbar, spokesman for the Iraqi National Congress, told journalists that neither Brahimi nor the UN have the credibility to lead the transition. He also said Brahimi, a Sunni Muslim Algerian, was too close to ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.

"To have somebody from outside the country who is an Arab nationalist who had some great support to Saddam in the past, to come and rule the political process in Iraq, is not acceptable," Qanbar said.

Qanbar repeated the charges of some Governing Council members that Brahimi's plan for a technocrat government before elections in January violate the country's transitional administrative law.

But another top Iraqi figure, Adnan Pachachi, has defended Brahimi, saying he serves an important role in helping to choose an interim government.

Copyright (c) 2004. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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