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Iraqi Leaders Agree on New Government

Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 08:28 PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki appeared to have locked up his second term in office Wednesday after a lengthy closed-door meeting in which his political foes buckled to his demands for ending an eight-month impasse and forming a new government, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It was stunning victory for the Shiite Islamist, who was plucked from obscurity four years ago to be prime minister. Since then Maliki has mastered the levers of power to become a figure admired and feared by supporters and opponents alike.

Wednesday's marathon meeting, which started about 4 p.m. and lasted almost seven hours, fit the Maliki mold. He wore down the opposition, who had initially rejected his terms for a parliament session Thursday to pick a speaker and a three-man presidency board, who would then nominate Maliki to form the government.

Iraq has been without a new government since parliamentary election in March in which Maliki's slate of candidates came in second to that of secular Shiite Muslim candidate Iyad Allawi. As politicians maneuvered for position and U.S. combat troops withdrew, violence spiked and Iraqis became increasingly fearful of a return to large-scale sectarian strife.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki appeared to have locked up his second term in office Wednesday after a lengthy closed-door meeting in which his political foes buckled to his demands for ending an eight-month impasse and forming a new government, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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