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April 9, 2005

Arab News: Iraq's New PM Promises 'Clean' Govt

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Snipers killed three clerics yesterday in fresh violence as Iraq's newly appointed premier began the process of building a Cabinet that he said must include efficient technocrats and nationalists with a "clean history". This comes after weeks of delays and bickering in nominating Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, who said Thursday after his appointment by new President Jalal Talabani that he would work to form a government within two weeks - although he actually has up to a month to do so.

Jaafari told reporters that he promised "to fight corruption and institute administrative reforms" after several members of his United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) accused the outgoing government of Iyad Allawi of breaking the law and hiring senior members of the banned Baath party of ousted leader Saddam Hussein. Parliament is expected to vote tomorrow on an UIA motion to rebuke and sanction Allawi's government. In other words, the bickering still isn't over.

Posted by Hyscience at April 9, 2005 12:45 AM

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