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February 27, 2021

Iraqi parliament approves new government

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s parliament has approved the re-appointment of Nouri Maliki as prime minister, ending nine months of deadlock after inconclusive elections, BBC News reported.

Outgoing Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, a Shia like Mr Maliki, is now deputy prime minister for energy, while Sunni Arab Deputy PM Rafi al-Issawi, becomes finance minister. Veteran Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, remains in place.

MPs also backed a plan to liberalise Iraq’s economy and fight terrorism. Maliki was nominated for the premiership in November following a power-sharing deal with all of Iraq’s main political factions. He had been due to unveil his 42-member cabinet on Monday, but last-minute negotiations between rival parties postponed the move.

The following day, with the sticking points supposedly resolved, the Council of Representatives was finally asked to approve the 29 ministers. The remainder of Maliki’s cabinet will initially be made up of acting ministers, who did not need parliamentary approval.

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