Shi'ites discuss plan to replace al-Jaafari

Shi'ite politicians suggested a formula Saturday to replace their nominee for prime minister to break the deadlock over a new unity government, officials said. A car bombing near a Baghdad restaurant and other attacks killed at least 12 Iraqis. Two Shi'ite officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions, said the formula called for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step aside in favor of another candidate from his Dawa party. In return, the biggest Shi'ite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, would not push Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi for the post, the officials said.