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Iraq: Collective Executive Council

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 18, 2008, Iraq announced the establishment of "the Executive Council for the Administration of the State" or, as described by Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani, "the collective leadership." In an address to a delegation from Anbar Province, Talibani said that the members of the Council agreed on the formation of the Executive Council for the Administration of the State in order to resolve problems through collective leadership. The chief of staff of the presidency office, Nair al-Ani, explained that the new Council is a four-member committee composed of the President, his two deputies, and the Prime Minister. (Iraq: Executive Council to Administer the State, AL SHARQ AL-AWSAT, Jan. 18, 2008.)