06/01/2004, 00.00
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Al-Yawar is the first post-Saddam President of Iraq

A Sunni deeply respected by both Christians and Shias.

Baghdad (AsiaNews) – The Iraqi Governing Council has chosen Sheik Ghazi Ugiail Al-Yawar to be the first President of new Iraq. The Council chose him after Adnan Pachachi, who was the favourite candidate of Paul Bremer, rejected the commission. Al Yawar is a 46 year old Sunni. He was born in Mossul (Iraqi part of Kurdistan), and he is the chief of the powerful Al-Shummar tribe. This is one of the biggest tribes in Iraq and its members are from both a Sunni and a Shia background.

Sheik Ghazi Ugiail Al-Yawar is an entrepreneur who has lived for 15 years in Saudi Arabia. Here he adopted the custom of wearing the traditional Saudi white head-dress. Al-Yawar went back to Iraq on june 4th 2003, after the fall of Saddam's regime.

Many of Iraq's neighbour countries, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, deeply respect Al Yawar. According to Adnan Pachachi, "he is the man chosen by the Americans". Al Yawar is a moderate and he believes in a free Iraq, even if this means that "foreign troops will have to remain in this country as long as it is necessary". Iraqi people from all the ethnical groups, Kurds, Sunni, Shia and Christians, esteem Al Yawar's tribe. The sheik wants to create a country where all the ethnical and religious groups will be represented in the institutions. He is also completely concerned about establishing good relationships with other Middle-East countries. Many people in Iraq think Al-Yawar is the right person who can deal with the difficult times Iraq is facing.


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