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Parliament unanimously approves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his new government, ending nine months of deadlock.
Iraqi lawmakers have unanimously approved a new government to be headed by Nouri al-Maliki, the incumbent prime minister.
The vote on Tuesday ended nine months of political deadlock after an inconclusive national election in March.
Lawmakers approved 29 ministers, including al-Maliki, to form the new government, which includes members of all of Iraq's major political and sectarian factions, including Shias, Sunnis and Kurds.
Al-Maliki detailed to lawmakers on Tuesday the programme of his new parliament and vowed to make Iraq a truly democratic state that respects human rights and the rights of various ethnic and sectarian groups.
criticised the various political blocs for failing to nominate female candidates for ministerial positions. He also warned that there will still be obstacles ahead.
Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from Baghdad, said al-Maliki will be the acting minister of defence, interior and national security "until appropriate candidates are found".
The most controversial appointment is Saleh al-Mutlaq to the role of deputy prime minister. Up until two days ago, he was banned from politics altogether for being a former Baathist.
At this point ANY kind of Government would be good.
I can't think of any other kind of Democracies in the region "pseudo" or not.
Lack of female faces in Iraq Cabinet draws protest
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's female lawmakers are furious that only one member of the country's new Cabinet is a woman and are demanding better representation in a government that otherwise has been praised by the international community for bringing together the country's religious sects and political parties.
Although women make up a quarter of the 325-member parliament, only two ministries were offered to women - with a female candidate refusing one of them in protest - in the 44-member Cabinet that was sworn in on Tuesday. Female lawmakers cried foul and demanded more women be appointed.
"We were shocked that there are no women in the Cabinet," said Safiyah Al Suhail, a lawmaker with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's State of Law coalition, dismissing the lone female "minister without portfolio" in the government.
Suhail is among 50 female lawmakers who on Thursday pushed for a fairer share in the government by petitioning the nation's top leaders, the United Nations and the Arab League for more posts. The group blasted the prime minister and Iraq's male politicians for not taking women's political skills and their professional experience seriously.
"It seems that the leaders do not trust us as politicians or as ministers," Suhail said. She demanded women get some of the 10 posts that have been temporarily filled with acting ministers, including one of the country's three security posts.
Women were allocated only two posts in the new government. One was a ministry without portfolio - a post with no job description, no budget, and no office. The other was for women's affairs.
At least seven people were killed in a car bomb attack outside the provincial government offices in Ramadi [Reuters]
A car bomb and a suicide blast aimed at government offices in the western Iraqi province of Ramadi have killed seven people, four of them police, and wounded more than 50 others.
Police said that Monday's attack in the city of Ramadi, 100km west of Baghdad, marked the third time this year the provincial offices have been attacked and came a day after a new police chief for the province took up his post.
"A car bomb exploded near the Anbar provincial government offices around 9:30 am (0630 GMT) followed about 15 minutes later by a suicide bombing," Rahim Zabin, a police spokesman, said.
"Seven people were killed, including four police, and 51 were injured, among them women and children."
The bombings mark the first major attack since Nouri al-Maliki was confirmed for a second term as prime minister in office on December 21 and his new government, in which he retains Iraq's three security portfolios, received parliament's stamp of approval.
29 December 2010 | 03:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Five Iraqi Baathist factions declared on Tuesday that they have formed a new party with the base in Damascus, Xinhua informs.
The five factions, the Resurrection Party, Revision and Unification, National Liberation Movement and Monadiloon Gathering, formed a new group called the Resurrection and Renewal Party.
"This declaration is not a new split case as some believe, it is rather an expression refusing the national dispute and fragmentation," said Khalid al-Samurrae, secretary general of the new party.
"The party aims at getting Baath to its familiar principals through cooperation with the national parties to form a wide popular base," he added.
The Iraqi Arab Socialist Baath Party was founded in Iraq in 1951 and adopted pan-Arab, secular nationalism as its ideology.
The party came to power following a military coup in July 1968. Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who was assistant general secretary of the party, staged a successful coup in 1979 but he was overthrown by U.S. forces in 2003.
After the death of Saddam Hussein, many of the Iraqi Baathist leaders escaped to Syria which provided them with the freedom of political activities.
I... would have to strongly disagree with your assessment of Iraq under Saddam. The dude really was a monster, as much as I hesitate to apply that word to a fellow human. He was far more than just "unfair" to the Kurds - and he was worse to the Shia of southern Iraq. This is without going into what he perpetrated in Iran, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia as well.
The attack was the bloodies in Iraq since Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, won support in December for his reappointment, following a nine-month political stalemate.
Iraqi police have told Al Jazeera that at least 60 people have died on Tuesday after a suicide bomber attacked a police station in Tikrit, around 150 km north of Baghdad, the capital.
A man wearing a vest filled with explosives detonated himself next to a crowd of police recruits, Ahmed Abdul-Jabber, the deputy governor of the Salaheddin province, said.
The powerful blast injured at least 100 people, making it one of the bloodiest attacks in recent months.
Tikrit is the hometown of Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, and authorities suspect the province remains home to those sympathetic to Hussein and his Ba'ath party and opposed to the current leadership.