Allawi: Iraq’s power-sharing deal “is dead”

The head of Iraq’s main Sunni-backed political group has pronounced a new power-sharing deal “dead” and predicted more violence, just days after the accord aiming to end political infighting was reached. Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s Iraqiya was the final big group to agree to join a coalition this week in an accord that gave […]

Iraq rivals reach power-sharing accord

Iraqi officials on Thursday welcomed a tentative agreement struck hours earlier to create a unity government embracing the country’s major ethnic and religious factions, ending an eight-month political impasse and returning Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to power for a second term as prime minister. The stalemate had stoked fears of a return to sectarian violence.

Iraq PM appeals poll results, Sadr plans referendum

Iraq’s prime minister said on Wednesday that his party had formally appealed the results from the country’s tight parliamentary elections, a move that could further delay the formation of a new government. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whose State of Law coalition finished a close second in the March 7 poll, said the appeal to a […]

Iraq’s Allawi courting Lebanese leaders

Frank discussions with the Lebanese and Iraqi governments were important for regional stability, said former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in Beirut. Allawi left Thursday for Beirut to meet with top Lebanese officials as results from March 7 parliamentary elections in Iraq show a tight race between Allawi’s secular Iraqiya slate and the State of […]