Iraq's New Leaders Seek Control of Shifting Landscape

In the final weeks before the Iraqi Governing Council was dissolved, its U.S.-appointed members suddenly began to assert themselves in behind-the-scenes contacts with both U.S. and U.N. officials. They united to compel U.S. administrator Paul Bremer and U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to accept their choices for president and prime minister of the new interim government. The show of political power has won favor with many Iraqis. NPR's Deborah Amos reports.

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