Iraq PM Maliki may announce new Cabinet
After almost five months of tortuous negotiations, PM Nuri al-Maliki may announce the Cabinet today.india Updated: May 09, 2006 12:37 IST
Iraq's Shiite prime minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki may announce the country's long awaited cabinet on Tuesday, after almost five months of tortuous negotiations.
Maliki, who was nominated as premier last month, has said he would form his government by May 10, and is due to hold a press conference at 11 am on Tuesday.
According to the constitution, he has until May 21 to form the government, the latest stage in Iraq's political transition since the ousting of former leader Saddam Hussein in April 2003.
On Monday Shiite lawmakers said the leaders of the rival parliamentary blocs were close to finalising the line-up, which has been the subject of bitter wrangling since the December elections.
The leaders met President Jalal Talabani on Monday and discussed the final composition of the cabinet, although the crucial interior minister post was still undecided.
Incumbent interior minister Bayan Jabr Solagh has been strongly opposed by Sunni Arab politicians who accuse his ministry of operating death squads involved in extra-judicial killings of Sunni Arabs.
Exploiting the power vacuum, insurgents have stepped up massive attacks across Iraq that have left hundreds of people dead.