Iraqi fronts reach agreement on unity government

Iraq has been without a government since April 30 elections won by former PM Maliki, who resigned amid criticism and was replaced by Abadi last month.

Iraqi fronts reach agreement on unity government

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi political factions National Forces' Coalition and National Alliance have reached an agreement on the formation of a new central government, according to Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Muwatin political coalition and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

"The negotiations between National Forces' Coalition and National Alliance had stumbled yesterday. But an agreement was reached in talks held later at night," Hakim told a joint press conference Sunday with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who is also the head of the Kurdish delegation.

The agreement comes as a U-turn straight after the Sunni political coalition withdrew from negotiations to form a unity government earlier on Sunday, an Iraqi lawmaker has said.

MP Khaled Al-Mafraji, the leader of the Coalition of National Forces which groups Sunni political leaders, told The Anadolu Agency that the reason for the move was the Abadi administration's failure to meet the group’s demands.

Sources close to the coalition told The Anadolu Agency that the withdrawal could be maneuver by the group to create leverage over the new prime minister.

Abadi replaced Nouri Al-Maliki as prime minister and was assigned on August 11 by President Fouad Massoum to from the new government until September 10.

Maliki was the leader of the Shiite alliance that won the April 30 elections and had served as prime minister since 2006. After failing to establish a government and quit his post after mounting criticism over his allegedly discriminative policies against other minorities.

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