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New Iraqi Governing Council Bans Saddam Holidays

Iraqis greet the country's newly formed governing council with cautious optimism. The 25-member group holds its first full day of meetings, but fails to elect a leader. In one of its first moves, the council bans several national holidays associated with Saddam Hussein and his Baath party. Hear NPR's Eric Westervelt and Miami University political science professor Adeed Dawisha.

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Eric Westervelt is a San Francisco-based correspondent for NPR's National Desk. He has reported on major events for the network from wars and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa to historic wildfires and terrorist attacks in the U.S.