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Allawi: Iraq power sharing a myth
Leader of cross-sectarian Iraqiya bloc tells Al Jazeera why he turned down position as head of national council.
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2011 18:06 GMT

Iyad Allawi, the leader of Iraq's cross-sectarian coalition, Iraqiya, has said that power sharing in his country is a myth.

Allawi, whose bloc won the most seats in Iraq's election last year, was appointed to head a new statutory body intended to promote inclusivness, but has just turned the position down.

He argues that the post fails to comply with a power-sharing deal that had been agreed following tortuous negotiations in the wake of the elections.

A government was eventually formed in December, following the deal, a full nine months after the election had taken place.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh asked Allawi why he withdrew from the post as head of the National Security Council.

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Al Jazeera
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