Dr. Shahristani, trumpeted as the likely interim leader of Iraq withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday, said in an e-mail message quoted by Reuters that he did not want the job but was prepared to take on the responsibility to serve his country.
A spokesman for Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations envoy who has been leading the effort to build a new government, said Wednesday afternoon that Dr. Shahristani had "clarified that he would prefer to serve his country in other ways."
Smart man. Iraqi Interim Leaders have the life span of an injured cicadas in an avairy. It is sad that he made this decision however, but it portends that he would likely make a fine Iraqi leader.