World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraq's new government should be an inclusive coalition that favors no religious, ethnic or sectarian group in the country, incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday.
The cabinet should comprise representatives from every segment of the society and it should be every citizen's government, Maliki said during his first weekly speech after last Wednesday's parliamentary elections.
He said many problems would be awaiting the new government including rows arising from disputed territories and oil issues with Kurdish regional administration in the country's north.
Frequently criticized by Shiite and Sunni groups for authoritarianism, Maliki's latest address is considered as a call for reconciliation to all political sides. Some analysts say Maliki adopted a moderate stance in order to form the government without facing a crisis.
Despite security threats, more than 12 million Iraqis went to the polls on April 30. The voter turnout was an unexpected 60 percent.
Official results are expected to be announced on May 25.
Maliki is seeking a third term in office, but faces fierce opposition, with sectarian bloodshed at its most intense in more than five years.Last Mod: 08 Mayıs 2014, 09:24