TIME Magazine has an interesting article about who'd be the next Iraqi Prime Minister, After Maliki, Few Good Options:
The Usual Suspects: Adel Abdel-Mahdi and Ayad Allawi
The Wild Cards: Ammar Hakim, Mithal Alusi, Barham Salih, a random officer, Muqtada Sadr and Ahmad Chalabi.
I found the article interesting because it acknowledges Mithal Alusi's popularity in Iraq; this blog has not hidden the sentiment that Alusi is my preferred Iraqi politician. But still, it's too far-fetched. However, Maliki may draft Alusi into a cabinet or security position to shore up his own popularity.