U.S. Says Iraq Interim Government 'Terrific List'
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Jun 1, 10:37 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday called the new Iraqi interim government a "terrific list" of leaders.

"I can tell you firmly and without any contradiction: this is a terrific list, a really good government and we are very pleased with the names that have emerged," Rice told reporters.

Rice spoke after Iraqi leaders cut a face-saving deal with the United States and United Nations on a president and government to lead the country out of occupation.

The 11th-hour compromise saw Washington's choice of president make way for tribal chief Ghazi Yawar.

Yawar was sworn in with an interim Cabinet of technocrats in a televised ceremony rich in symbolism at a palace complex built by Saddam Hussein.

President Bush will welcome the emerging leaders of the interim government -- which is to take power from the U.S.-led coalition on June 30 -- in a statement at 11:30 a.m. (1530 GMT).

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