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Press weighs in on Jafaari future
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Newspapers in Iraq and the Middle East keenly debate the future of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, with a number of commentators arguing that it is time for him to go.

However, most save their ire for Washington, believing that the continuing occupation by coalition forces under US control is at the heart of the country's failure to establish democracy.

Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid in Iraq's Al-Sharq al-Awsat

Ibrahim Jaafari has led Iraq into a new era and now it is time for him to leave, lest he himself becomes the problem. If he fails to depart, he could trigger off a conflict among political parties both inside and outside parliament. If Jaafari, supported by his party, were to continue in power, Iraqis would remain divided over him.

Rashied al-Khayoun in Al-Sharq al-Awsat

Like all demagogic religious and sectarian slogans, the chant 'We acknowledge no authority save that of Imam Ali; we want no leader but Jaafari may be emotionally gratifying, only that its honey-like rhythmic sweetness is meant to camouflage a poisonous dose of hatred and divisiveness among the sons of a single fatherland. Instead of trying to stir up dangerous primitive instincts, the incumbent premier should have shown that he does care about the unity of his country... he should have followed Imam Ali's noble example and cried out at the chanting mob that theirs are fair-spoken words with foul intent.

Fatih Abd al-Salam in Iraq's Al-Zaman

Has everything become hostage to our political parties and to the moods, hatreds and resentments of their leaders? Is there no bond left to keep Iraq unified, apart from the tenuous bond of partisan loyalty, a veritable plight that has enmeshed the country for decades only to collapse in a matter of hours? Don't we, the people of Iraq, have a right to yell that we have had enough of this nightmarish string of failed ventures imposed on us over the last three years?

Muhammad Wajdi Qandil in Egypt's Al-Akhbar

It seems that Washington's patience has run out over the political vacuum in Iraq because of disagreements about the formation of the government. So Condoleezza Rice and Jack Straw rushed to Baghdad to contain the crisis and nominate a Shia politician instead of Jaafari who is opposed by Sunnis and Kurds.

Muhammad Zayn in Kuwait's Al-Siyassah

When US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her British counterpart Jack Straw suddenly arrive in Baghdad this means that the masters are angry at the Iraqi leadership. Whereas, until recently, they used to talk about progress in Iraq, they are now admitting to committing thousands of mistakes. It is time for Jaafari and all Iraq leaders who came after the fall of Baghdad to go, as they have failed to understand the new Iraq, an Iraq of political pluralism and democracy, not sectarianism_and the distribution of wealth to relatives and tribal members.

Nawaf abu-al-Hayga'a in Jordan's Al-Dustur

The real decisions are taken by the US occupier and its British partner with the foreign ministers of both countries in Baghdad in an attempt to force an Iraqi government.

United Arab Emirates' Al-Khalij

Instead of Straw admitting that the foreign presence and chaos that they created are the reason for the violence, he instead said that it was due to what he called a political vacuum_ Rice and Straw left a clear message to the Iraqis that the two occupying countries would prefer to find an alternative to Jaafari. This will be the beginning of a new crisis and will tarnish the reputation of any future Iraqi government.

Salah al-Din Hafiz in Jordan's Al-Dustur

The greatest failure of US policy is the eclipse of the sun of democracy, the democracy that President Bush vowed to create in Iraq as a model for the rest of the Arabs. The reality is that Bush's policies have failed.

Iran's Kayhan

The occupiers are the main obstacle to the establishment of a democratic system in Iraq. The visits by British and American officials show that rather than managing the crisis, their own situation is critical.

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