The IGC’s comments come as the council faces increased criticism from US officials in the country. Coalition administrators have suggested that council members may try to delay elections and a constitution in an attempt to safeguard their jobs. ‘Elections put the council out of a job,’ said a senior administrator in Iraq. Reports from the US suggest that American officials have been considering a different approach to interim governance, which could emulate the model used in Afghanistan. ‘If our exit [from Iraq] is going to take longer, if it looks like it could go more than two years to get it all done, then there is an incentive to look into a transitional phase and some other governing mechanism,’ a US State Department official told the US daily the Washington Post.