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    Iraqis demand US troop withdrawal BAGHDAD, June 3: Religious leaders led thousands of protesters through Baghdad s streets on Tuesday, telling US and British
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      Iraqis demand US troop withdrawal

      BAGHDAD, June 3: Religious leaders led thousands of protesters
      through Baghdad's streets on Tuesday, telling US and British forces
      to withdraw or face violence, as Iraqi political groups demanded more
      say in their country's future.

      The Iraqi National Congress, an umbrella group of parties that
      opposed Saddam Hussein mainly from exile, insisted that Iraqis rather
      than Americans should pick the interim Iraqi leadership that will
      help steer the country towards democracy.

      The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in charge of Iraq had been
      expected to convene a national conference in July to select an
      interim Iraqi leadership. But US officials said at the weekend they
      would instead name a political council of 25 to 30 Iraqis after
      consulting a broad range of Iraqi opinion.

      "This government will not be effective or useful for the Iraqi
      people," Entifadh Qanbar, a senior Iraqi National Congress official,
      told a news conference.

      "Anything less than the Iraqis choosing their own interim government
      will not succeed. The Iraqis were oppressed by Saddam and want to
      rule themselves."The Iraqi National Congress, headed by former banker
      Ahmad Chalabi, is one of seven major political groups briefed by US
      officials on Sunday on the new political plan.

      The groups are due to give their response to US administrator Paul
      Bremer later this month, but many have already criticized the
      scrapping of the national conference.

      A CPA spokesman said a wide array of Iraqis would be consulted "with
      a view to trying to establish the political council and the
      constitutional convention as soon as possible".

      Most Iraqis welcomed the fall of Saddam Hussein's government, but
      many are growing impatient with the pace of change. Angry crowds take
      to the streets almost daily to demand that foreign troops leave.
      -Reuters

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