Iraq Confirms New Government

Women protest heavily male nominations
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2010 8:57 AM CST
Iraq Confirms New Government
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki, center left, kisses Osama al-Nujeifi the elected parliament speaker before the Iraqi parliament session in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Iraqi legislators ended 9 months of political deadlock today, unanimously approving a new government under incumbent prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, the AP reports. A March parliamentary election had left the country’s political future unclear; today, lawmakers chose 29 ministers to form a government, with acting ministers making up rest of the 42-member Cabinet. Women had protested al-Maliki’s Cabinet nominations, which appeared to include only one woman.
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