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Top UN Envoy Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister

Top UN Envoy Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister To Discuss Post-Election Landscape

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq met with interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi today to discuss the role the world body will play in supporting the political process following Sunday's polls to elect a national assembly that will write a new democratic constitution for a country that has suffered decades of dictatorship.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative Ashraf Qazi also conferred with two leading politicians, Abdul Aziz Al Hakim, president of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution, and Hussein al-Shahristani, a leading candidate on the United Iraqi Coalition, as part of his ongoing consultations following the elections.

Mr. Qazi's talks with Mr. Allawi focused on ways the UN can help during the transitional process, which continues with the drafting of a permanent constitution, its presentation for adoption through a national referendum, and the holding of new elections towards the end of the year.

The UN played a leading role in enabling the Independent Electoral Commission of <"">Iraq which conducted Sunday's poll.

Mr. Qazi is scheduled to hold further talks this week with other leading figures representing various political trends with a view to encouraging an inclusive political process.

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