Iraqi PM faces delay in setting up government
Iraq's prime minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday that he was still seeking Cabinet nominations from the country's top politicians, signaling he will likely not form a new government much earlier than the December 25 deadline.
Al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, had pledged to announce his new government by December 15 and end the political deadlock that began after parliamentary elections in March failed to produce a clear winner. The delay announced yesterday reflects his struggle to cobble together an inclusive government.
But Mr al-Maliki assured political leaders that he remained committed to meeting a 30-day constitutional deadline -- ending December 25 -- to bring together Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish factions in a government that can overcome enduring sectarian tensions, and appealed for their help to do so.