Iraq Parliament meets, Govt formation resumes
IRAQ: Iraq's lawmakers will yesterday got back to the task of forming
a new Government after talks following a landmark power-sharing deal
were interrupted by the Muslim holiday of Eid.
Newly re-elected President Jalal Talabani is expected to officially
name incumbent Premier Nuri al-Maliki as Prime Minister-designate,
giving him 30 days to form a cabinet and finally bring to an end months
of impasse following inconclusive elections in March.
Sunday's scheduled session of parliament, due to open at 11:00 am
(0800 GMT), was to focus on the formation of the Council of
Representatives' committees and the chamber's regulations, a
parliamentary official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
It comes after a power-sharing pact was agreed earlier this month and
lauded by international leaders including US President Barack Obama,
though the agreement has looked fragile ever since.
The deal called for Maliki, a Shiite, and Talabani, a Kurd, to keep
their jobs and for a Sunni Arab to selected speaker of parliament. It
also established a new statutory body to oversee security as a sop to
Iyad Allawi, who had held out for months to regain the post of premier
after his Iraqiya bloc narrowly won the most seats in the March 7 poll.
Baghdad, Sunday, AFP