Possibility of Allawi Remaining PM
While most commentary today seems convinced that Allawi is on his way out, at least one article seems to give a bit of credence to the theory I set forth yesterday:
"Iraq's first free election in more than 50 years may confirm the position of Allawi, a U.S.-backed Shiite who describes himself as secular, as a compromise to unite religious and ethnic groups, according to analysts including Josh Mandel, head of the Middle East unit at London-based Control Risks Group. Mahdi may also be able to win support from diverse groups and has the advantage of being a moderate member of the Shia list, Fuertig said."
Obviously there are still a lot of moving parts, but I certainly don't think it's a done deal that Allawi is gone as PM.