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Scientist Emerges as Top Choice to Lead Iraq

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Scientist Emerges as Top Choice to Lead Iraq

Scientist Emerges as Top Choice to Lead Iraq

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An Iraqi nuclear scientist who spent years in the Abu Ghraib prison under Saddam Hussein has emerged as a top U.N. choice to become prime minister in Iraq's interim government, an Iraqi official says. A moderate Shiite, Hussain al-Shahristani is known for his management skills and has no formal ties to any Iraqi political party. Hear NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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