Iraqi Rivals Break Deadlock

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 12 November 2010


noori-alawiFollowing eight months of political vacuum, and three days of high-pressure talks between the rival factions, Iraqi politicians reached a power-sharing deal, agreeing to take part in a new government headed by the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki.

Officials said on Wednesday night that the former premier Iyad Allawi's al-Iraqiya coalition that had been opposing the prime minister decided to join his government.

"Finally, fortunately, it's done. It's finished. All the groups are in it,'' Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish politician who took part in the nearly seven

The Iraqiya bloc which had held out for months to take the premiership from incumbent al-Maliki after it won narrowly more seats in the March election, confirmed it had finally signed up to the deal.

"I can confirm that there was an accord last night but I cannot give details," Iraqiya spokesman Intissar Allawi told AFP.

Maliki's State of Law coalition and Allawi's al-Iraqiya respectively secured 89 and 91 seats in the 325-member parliament, both stopping shy of the 163 seats required for a majority.

The election of the speaker will pave the way for incumbent Kurdish President Jalal Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to be kept in office for a term.


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Under the power-sharing arrangements between Iraq's divided communities, one post goes to a Sunni Arab, one to a Kurd and one to a representative of the Shiite majority.

A government spokesman and member of al-Maliki's State of Law coalition, Ali al-Dabbagh said Iraqiya had decided after extensive talks to accept the parliament speaker's job and cede al-Maliki the prime minister's job.

"A power-sharing agreement has been concluded and parliament will meet at 3:00 pm (1200 GMT) to elect Osama al-Nujaifi as speaker," Dabbagh told AFP, referring to a Sunni MP from Iraqiya.

The Iraqiya bloc which had held out for months to take the premiership from incumbent al-Maliki after it won narrowly more seats in the March election, confirmed it had finally signed up to the deal.

"I can confirm that there was an accord last night but I cannot give details," Iraqiya spokesman Intissar Allawi told AFP.

Maliki's State of Law coalition and Allawi's al-Iraqiya respectively secured 89 and 91 seats in the 325-member parliament, both stopping shy of the 163 seats required for a majority.

The election of the speaker will pave the way for incumbent Kurdish President Jalal Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to be kept in office for a term.


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