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Introduction
Click on the links to read about key people and groups in Iraq
Islamic: Secular: Kurds and others: Governing council:
Overview
Daawa
Sciri
Sadr Group
Iraqi Islamic Party
Kurdish Islamic Union
Sistani & other leaders
Overview
Adnan Pachachi
Ahmed Chalabi (INC)
Iyad Alawi (INA)
Communist Party
Naseer al-Chaderchi
Royalists
Baathists
Overview
Massoud Barzani
Jalal Talabani
Assyrians
Turkmen
Tribal leaders
Marsh Arabs
Overview
Council members
OVERVIEW: GOVERNING COUNCIL

The Iraqi Governing Council was appointed by the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in July 2003.

The council has some significant powers. It can appoint and dismiss ministers and controls the national budget.

It will also oversee the creation of a congress to draft a new Iraqi constitution. National elections are set to follow a referendum on this constitution.

However, the CPA retains real power. It controls "operational security" and can veto decisions made by the council.

Most of those holding council seats were members of Saddam Hussein's opposition in exile. One of the strongest criticisms of the council is that it is a collection of outsiders who cannot properly represent the Iraqi people.

The council appointed a cabinet of 25 ministers in early September, after months of wrangling to ensure those selected accurately represented the ethnic and religious make-up of the country.

The council was selected to represent Iraq's ethnic make-up

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