Iraqi blocs agree Maliki to be prime minister in new government: his aide

19:43, November 11, 2010      

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A senior politician from the State of Law coalition said late Wednesday that all the blocs had agreed to give current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki another term, the official television reported.

"The leaders of Iraqi political blocs have agreed on the nomination of Maliki to be next prime minster," Hasan al-Senid, a leading politician in Maliki's State of Law coalition, was quoted by the Iraqia TV as saying.

The president will still be Jalal Talabani, the parliament speaker will be chosen from the Iraqia list bloc led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, he said.

Senid said the blocs agreed to establish a National Council for Strategic Policy, in which Allawi will be the head.

About the session of parliament scheduled on Thursday, Rose Nuri Shaways, chief negotiator of Kurdish coalition, said in a news conference that the leaders of Iraqi political blocs agreed to hold it in time.

Maliki has been fighting bitterly for another term for the prime minister against his rival Ayad Allawi, who gained narrow win with two seats in the country's March 7 polls, and the Shiite religious party of Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, headed by Ammar al-Hakim.

Last month, Iraqi Federal Court ordered the country's parliament to resume as soon as possible.

The parliament's first session was opened on June 14, three months after the country's March 7 parliamentary election, but it only lasted for 18 minutes due to disputes over the definition of the largest bloc and the government formation, and was delayed until further notice. Later the session was decided to be resumed on Nov. 11, according to the temporary speaker Fouad Masom, under pressure from the court.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the parliament must elect its new speaker and his two deputies in the first session. Then the parliament under the new speaker would elect a new president who will later assign the candidate of the largest bloc as the prime minister and to form his cabinet.

However, the Iraqi parliamentary blocs insist to agree on the nomination of president, parliament speaker and prime minister, as one package before resuming the parliament session.

Source: Xinhua


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