Miss Iraq Abdicates

Months after Iraq's election, the country still has no national government. Now, four days after the election of Miss Iraq, it doesn't have a beauty queen either. The winner stepped down after religious extremists called her "the queen of infidels." Pageant organizers had hoped to send her to the Miss Universe contest. The runner-up will now take the crown.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Months after Iraq's election, the country still has no national government. And now, four days after the election of Miss Iraq, it doesn't have a beauty queen either. The winner stepped down after religious extremists called her the queen of infidels and threatened her. Pageant organizers had hoped to send her to the Miss Universe contest. Her runner-up will now take the crown. She's a Sunni Muslim who organizers say is just as intelligent and beautiful. This is MORNING EDITION.

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