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Dec 22, 2010

Iraq approves new government with Maliki as PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – 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 and delayed investments to rebuild the country after years of war.

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

Dec 21, 2010

Iraq to vote on new government after 9-month gap

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament is due to vote on a new government on Tuesday, nine months after an inconclusive election left politics in limbo and delayed investments to rebuild the country after years of war.

Lawmakers are scheduled to begin voting on Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s 42-strong cabinet list — which leaves Kurdish veteran Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari in place and includes current Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani as deputy prime minister for energy — at 2 p.m. (6 a.m. EDT).

Dec 20, 2010

Infighting delays Iraqi government formation

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament postponed a vote on a new government until Tuesday after squabbling and political manouevering delayed progress in forming it on Monday.

Iraq has been in political limbo since an inconclusive election in March and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s plan to unveil his new cabinet before parliament was derailed by fighting over the division of ministerial posts, lawmakers said.

Dec 20, 2010
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Is free Iraq becoming a more Islamic state?

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A group of men recently ordered Siham al-Zubaidi to close down her Baghdad hair salon for two months for Shi’ite religious festivities. She had no idea who they were but complied because she feared for her life.

“Can you just tell me who will pay the rent of my shop for these two months? What shall I do to support my family? What is the relation between hair dressing and religious events?” Zubaidi, 40, asked furiously. “This is a new dictatorship. They want Iraq to be an Islamic state. But this is not right. Iraq includes a variety of religious factions … These are alien ideas, not Iraqi.”

Dec 17, 2010

Allawi says will join Iraq govt if given real power

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Friday he will join a new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki if the premier follows through on promises and makes him a genuine partner.

Allawi’s Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc won the greatest number of seats in a March parliamentary election but his participation in the new government, which may be formed next week, has been in question.

Dec 16, 2010

Iraq to develop nuclear medicine now U.N. ban lifted

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraq will focus on restarting its nuclear medicine program and may build a nuclear reactor for electricity now that the United Nations has ended nearly two decades of sanctions, government ministers said on Thursday.

The U.N. Security Council gave Iraq the green light on Wednesday to develop a civilian nuclear program, ending a 19-year ban dating back to the Saddam Hussein era and aimed at preventing it from developing atomic weapons.

Nov 13, 2010

Sunni-backed party says it will be part of Iraq govt

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc told parliament on Saturday it would remain in a Shi’ite-led government, despite a walkout and angry comments from its leader that threatened to damage the long-sought accord.

Iraqiya’s leader, former prime minister Iyad Allawi, skipped the parliamentary session and headed to London for family engagements after telling CNN in an interview that power-sharing between Iraq’s Shi’ite, Kurdish and Sunni factions was “dead.”

Nov 12, 2010

Iraq breaks impasse as Maliki to form government

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Shi’ite Nuri al-Maliki was re-nominated as Iraqi prime minister on Thursday as fractious politicians ended an eight-month deadlock that raised fears of renewed sectarian warfare.

A pact on top government posts reached late on Wednesday brought together Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds in a power-sharing arrangement similar to the last Iraqi government, and could help prevent a slide back into the sectarian bloodshed that raged after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Nov 11, 2010

Iraq breaks impasse; Maliki to form govt

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Shi’ite Nuri al-Maliki was re-nominated as Iraqi prime minister on Thursday as fractious politicians ended an eight-month deadlock that raised fears of renewed sectarian warfare.

A pact on top government posts reached late on Wednesday brought together Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds in a power-sharing arrangement similar to the last Iraqi government, and could help prevent a slide back into the sectarian bloodshed that raged after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Nov 11, 2010

Talabani and PM Maliki to stay on under Iraqi pact

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi lawmakers voted to reappoint incumbent Jalal Talabani as president on Thursday and he nominated Nuri al-Maliki to stay on as prime minister.

The two appointments were part of an agreement that ended an eight-month deadlock and took place despite a walkout by two-thirds of the MPs of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc.