Saturday, May 20, 2006


Has A Government

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament on Saturday approved the line-up of a government of national unity proposed by Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki.

Maliki, a Shi'ite Islamist, read out his program to the 275-seat assembly after its approval of his cabinet. Parliament was later due to vote on the program.

The government is a broad coalition of majority Shi'ites, minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds with a clear majority in the legislature.

well, at least most of one. The two key defense post, interior minister and defense minister are still open.

Many hail this as yet another corner turned.

When this corner was turned, we also saw, 19 killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad, two British troops injured, and another handful of bodies found who had been executed.

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