New Iraq government delayed

Iraq's parliament will not hold a vote on a new government on Monday, the parliamentary speaker said.

New Iraq government delayed

Iraq's parliament will not hold a vote on a new government on Monday, the parliamentary speaker said.

"There will be no session today (to vote on the cabinet)," Osama al-Nujaifi told reporters.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had been scheduled to present his cabinet choices to parliament on Monday.

Officials said last-minute disputes among political blocs had delayed the announcement.

"Maliki delayed the announcement to give all blocs an opportunity to review their nominations and to put the final touches on an agreement and achieve greater consensus," said Abdul-Hadi al-Hasani, a politician from Maliki's coalition.

Ahmed al-Oraibi, a lawmaker for the Sunni-backed Iraqiya political coalition, said political leaders were expected to sort out lingering disputes over the division of posts later on Monday, but other officials said resolving the problem could take longer.

"Half"

Maliki's spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the premier would announce "half the new government" later in the day.

A power-sharing deal last month between Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs put Maliki on track for a second term as prime minister. The Nov. 10 agreement returned Kurd Jalal Talabani to the presidency and made Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, parliament's speaker.

Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a secular Shi'ite whose cross-sectarian coalition won the most seats in the March 7 vote, was unable to garner enough support to secure the premiership but has said he will also join the government as head of a new national strategic policy council.


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