Iraqi PM to begin forming government

govt_iraqIraqi newly re-elected Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will begin forming his country’s next government following a power-sharing deal.

According to the Shiite News Correspondent,The presidential office said that President Jalal Talabani officially asked the new premier on Thursday to form the next Iraqi government.

Maliki will be given 30 days to form his cabinet, ending the country’s long-lasting political deadlock after the war-torn country’s general elections in March.

Earlier this month, Iraq’s main factions reached an agreement based on Maliki remaining in office for another term and the Kurdish alliance’s Talabani retaining the presidency.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi of Iraqiya Alliance will also be a part of the government, as head of Iraq’s Council of Strategic Policy.

Iraqi lawmakers, moreover, elected Osama al-Nujaifi as the country’s parliament speaker. The post is to be held by Iraqiya.

Iraqiya managed to win most seats in the March 7 parliamentary elections, but failed to secure the absolute majority needed for a mandate.

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