New Maliki government approved in Iraq

Iraq's parliament approved Maliki and his new government nine months after an inconclusive election left politics in limbo.

New Maliki government approved in Iraq

Iraq's parliament approved Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his new government on Tuesday, nine months after an inconclusive election left politics in limbo.

Lawmakers voted into office Maliki and a new slate of ministers, elevating Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani to deputy prime minister for energy and leaving in place Kurdish Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari.

Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who failed to gain enough support for a parliamentary majority after his cross-sectarian Iraqiya bloc won the most seats, told lawmakers his Sunni-backed coalition would participate fully in the government.

"We as the Iraqiya bloc declare our full support for this government," Allawi said.

Maliki has yet to decide on permanent choices for some positions, including sensitive security-related ministries such as defence and interior.

The prime minister promoted deputy oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi to minister and made prominent Sunni leader Rafie al-Esawi finance minister.

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

Allawi, a secular Shi'ite, has said he will join the government as head of a new national strategic policy council.


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Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2010, 15:47
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