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The Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue) to the Secretary of State

122 bis. The Prime Minister has refused the Regent’s invitation to resign. He can be forced to resign only by a vote of lack of confidence in Parliament. There are a sufficient number of influential political personalities who are willing and able to dislodge him on local issues in Parliament but personal feuds and enmities, engendered by previous coups d’état and vindictive persecutions, are making it difficult to form a group strong enough to take over the responsibilities of the Government at this critical period. However, influences are at work in an effort to bring this about.