Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Key Obstacle in Forming Iraq Govt Resolved

Maliki may turn out to be a real gift to us and his people. He has accomplished more in two weeks than Jafaari did in his entire tenure.

BAGHDAD, Iraq/WAPO -- Iraq's prime minister-designate said Tuesday the main stumbling blocks to forming a new Cabinet have been overcome and he expects to present his team to parliament for approval by the end of the week.

Nouri al-Maliki said representatives of the country's political parties had agreed on who will head the main posts and that just a few ministries remain unfilled. Discussions were still under way on the nominees for the oil, trade and transportation ministries, he said.

The incoming prime minister did not say who would get the key ministries of interior, which controls police, and defense, which runs the army. U.S. and British officials have insisted those posts go to people without ties to sectarian militias, believed responsible for many of the revenge killings of Sunnis and Shiites.

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