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Obama, Biden Congratulate Iraq on 'Promising Moment'

Photo Courtesy -- Academy for Educational Development(WASHINGTON) – President Obama and Vice President Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Tuesday to congratulate him on the success of the national election in the creation of a new coalition government.

"Today, Iraq's political leaders delivered what Iraq's people deserved and expected," Biden said in a paper statement. "I especially want to congratulate Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqiyya leader Ayad Allawi and Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani for the hard work and wise leadership that has brought Iraq to this promising moment."

Both Biden and Obama reiterated the commitment of the United States to a long-term partnership with the country.

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Iraq Gets Closer to Establishing New Government with Deal

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Academy for Educational Development(BAGHDAD) -- The longest awaited election result in history appears to be at an exhausting, and not entirely, unexpected end.

Just over eight months since the March 7 national elections, Iraqi political parties finally agreed to a power-sharing deal, paving the way for the formation of a new government.  Kamal Al Saidi, member of the National Alliance Party, called the deal "a new era for Iraq” adding “Iraq will be safer despite expected attacks from Al-Qaeda in Iraq."

More than 3,300 Iraqis have died in violence across the country since the March elections and thousands more were injured as insurgents have tested the weak government combined with the drawdown of U.S. combat forces.

Under the terms of the deal, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will keep his job, but is expected to make broad concessions to Ayad Allawi’s Iraqiya coalition.   Allawi, whose party bested Maliki’s in the March elections but could never get muster the seats to put himself in the prime minister’s job, could take a brand new position as head of the National Council of Supreme Policy, which is expected to have wide ranging power in security and other matters.  Though, it’s still not clear what the mandate of this organization will be and from where its power will be derived.  It’s equally unclear whether Allawi himself will take the job or appoint someone of his choosing.

The mainly ceremonial post of president will remain with Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, while the powerful Parliamentary Speaker’s job will go to a Sunni as will the position of Foreign Minister.  That position is currently held by the Kurd Hoshayar Zebari.

Though the deal is widely expected, it could still take a month or more before a government is officially in place.  Once the deal is announced, Maliki will have up to 45 days to name his ministers and form his entire government.

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