IRAQ : New cabinet appropved by parliament

Published December 22nd, 2010 - 13:57 GMT

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Iraq's parliament has approved a new government including all major factions, ending nine months of deadlock after inconclusive elections.

In a special session, MPs voted for the 29 ministerial candidates nominated by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, a Shia, who was reappointed for a second term.

But doubts persist about whether all the political groups can work together.

The key ministries of interior, defence and national security remain unfilled because nominees could not be agreed.

US President Barack Obama called the approval of the cabinet a "major step forward in advancing national unity". Continue reading below »

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waits for the members of his new cabinet to arrive during a parliamentary session in Baghdad in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government which will be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.
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Iraqi former prime minister and now member of Parliament and head of the Iraqiya bloc Iyad Allawi (R) and former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, now member of Parliament and of the National alliance, walk together in parliament.
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11Iraqi former prime minister and now member of Parliament and head of the Iraqiya bloc Iyad Allawi (R) and former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, now member of Parliament and of the National alliance, walk together in parliament.

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Iraqi MPs are seated in parliament in Baghdad on December 21, 2010 as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program aimed at liberalizing the economy and fighting terrorism.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki addresses the parliament during a session in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government which will be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.
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Iraqi Prime Minister walks towards his seat past members of his new cabinet during a parliamentary session in Baghdad in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government to be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.
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Iraqi MPs vote in parliament in Baghdad as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism.
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Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi addresses the parliament as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program
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Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi (L) and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hold a press conference in Baghdad.
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Iraqis pick up newspapers featuring a front-page story on the country's new cabinet at a kiosk in Baghdad, a day after the Iraqi parliament gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waits for the members of his new cabinet to arrive during a parliamentary session in Baghdad in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government which will be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.

Image 1 of 11Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waits for the members of his new cabinet to arrive during a parliamentary session in Baghdad in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government which will be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.

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The wait continues...

Image 2 of 11The wait continues...

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Iraqi former prime minister and now member of Parliament and head of the Iraqiya bloc Iyad Allawi (R) and former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, now member of Parliament and of the National alliance, walk together in parliament.

Image 3 of 11Iraqi former prime minister and now member of Parliament and head of the Iraqiya bloc Iyad Allawi (R) and former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, now member of Parliament and of the National alliance, walk together in parliament.

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Iraqi MPs are seated in parliament in Baghdad on December 21, 2010 as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program aimed at liberalizing the economy and fighting terrorism.

Image 4 of 11Iraqi MPs are seated in parliament in Baghdad on December 21, 2010 as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program aimed at liberalizing the economy and fighting terrorism.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki addresses the parliament during a session in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government which will be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.

Image 5 of 11Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki addresses the parliament during a session in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government which will be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.

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Iraqi Prime Minister walks towards his seat past members of his new cabinet during a parliamentary session in Baghdad in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government to be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.

Image 6 of 11Iraqi Prime Minister walks towards his seat past members of his new cabinet during a parliamentary session in Baghdad in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government to be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier.

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Iraqi MPs vote in parliament in Baghdad as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism.

Image 7 of 11Iraqi MPs vote in parliament in Baghdad as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism.

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Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi addresses the parliament as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program

Image 8 of 11Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi addresses the parliament as lawmakers gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is surrounded by lawmakers in the parliament after giving him a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program.

Image 9 of 11Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is surrounded by lawmakers in the parliament after giving him a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program.

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Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi (L) and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hold a press conference in Baghdad.

Image 10 of 11Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi (L) and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hold a press conference in Baghdad.

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Iraqis pick up newspapers featuring a front-page story on the country's new cabinet at a kiosk in Baghdad, a day after the Iraqi parliament gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program.

Image 11 of 11Iraqis pick up newspapers featuring a front-page story on the country's new cabinet at a kiosk in Baghdad, a day after the Iraqi parliament gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point program.

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"Their decision to form an inclusive partnership government is a clear rejection of the efforts by extremists to spur sectarian division," he said.

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