posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 01:37 PM
Iraq's main Shiite party and the Kurds have reached a agreement that will have both parties partner in a new coalition government. This ensures that
a new government will be in place when the Iraqi national Assembly convenes next week. Concessions were made to the Kurds regarding territory in be
included in thier region.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's main Shiite party and a Kurdish bloc have reached a deal that sets the stage for a new government to be formed when the
National Assembly convenes next week, officials from both sides said Thursday.
The deal calls for the government to begin discussion on the return of about 100,000 Kurds to the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk and talks about
redrawing existing Kurdish regions to include the city in Iraq's new constitution.
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The Kurds should be congratulated for playing thier hand well. No doubt many longed for thier own statehood, but that may have been politically
unattainable. However, they played the best hand with the cards that were dealt tot hem, voted, and now have a major say in the future government of
Iraq. It will be interesting to see the new government take shape.