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Dec 24, 2012 | 13:14 GMT

Iraq: Reports That Barzani Has Backed Allawi As President's Successor Are Unfounded, Spokesman Says

Reports that Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani has supported al-Iraqiyah List leader Iyad Allawi as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's replacement are unfounded, a spokesman for Barzani said Dec. 24 in a statement on the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Presidency website. Talabani's recent stroke and the coming leadership change could upset the region's balance of power and destabilize relations between Baghdad and Arbil.

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