Iraq election rivals meet in political ice breaker

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 12, 2010 23:45

 
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BAGHDAD — The leaders of two rival political alliances battling to run Iraq's new government took a step toward ending their power dispute Saturday, as the Sunni-backed coalition that won March elections now faces being sidelined in parliament.

The 90-minute meeting between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and former Premier Ayad Allawi was their first since the March 7 vote, and was described by aides as more of an icebreaker than the start of serious negotiations.

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