Zebari: Iraq’s new government could be announced Sunday
BAGHDAD, April 13 (AFP) - Iraq’s new government is expected to be unveiled on Sunday when the assembly reconvenes, interim foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday.
"The government is pratically formed and it is up to the prime minister to announce it, which he may do when the assembly meets again," said Zebari, a member of the Kurdish alliance parliamentary bloc.
He said prime minister-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari is holding "intense negotiations" with the bloc led by outgoing premier Iyad Allawi over his potential participation in the government.
Kurds are eager to include Allawi’s list in their prospective coalition government with the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance as a way to temper the influence of Islamists.
Members of his Al-Iraqiyah list, the third largest in the 275-seat assembly after the Shiites and Kurds, have said they would join a coalition provided they are treated as equal partners and given adequate posts.