Sunnis miss out again in new Iraqi government

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 11, 2010 13:22

The deal on a new Iraqi government appears to sideline the country's Sunni minority yet again while returning Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to power.

The deal confirmed early Thursday by Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, was hammered out after eight months of political deadlock following inconclusive elections on March 7.

A Sunni-backed coalition led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi won the most seats in the vote, but Allawi missed out on bids for both the prime minister job and the presidency.

Barzani confirmed the Kurds, the bloc that came in fourth place in the election, will retain the presidency — the second highest position in Iraq's political structure.


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