"I was told to accept the post of ambassador to the United States with the ranking of Minister, Minister of State, and Deputy Prime Minister. I turned them down all. I did not come back to Iraq seeking positions," said Ghazi al-Yawer during a television interview with Abu Dhabi television.
Al-Yawer, a Sunni sheik, was named Iraq's interim president Tuesday. He will serve until the elections in January. He was selected over Adnan Pachachi, an 80-year old former Iraqi diplomat and exile with close ties to the United States.
"It was clear to whom the coalition was leaning and supporting, on the other hand I was the candidate of the Iraqi people and the Governing Council. The important thing to emphasize is that I was not the Coalition authority candidate and has no relations to the American administrations," al-Yawer said.
Al-Yawer said Pachachi withdrew his name from the competition.
"Dr. Pachachi is an old person and recognizes that the job requires a lot of work and that's the reason why he decided to withdraw his name in my favor, and I thank him for the gesture," he said.