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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

More than three months after the elections, Iraq has finally assembled a government. Amid the surge in violence recently, Iraq made its anouncement, a much needed infusion of good news at the center of all the bad. Unfortunately, the newly assembled government has very low Sunni representation, a concern that has been at the forefront since before elections were held. One by one, cabinet members walked to the podium and pledged to defend Iraq and its people, a pledge that will carry a lot of weight in today's conditions. However, five ministries are held by temporary positions, among these are the key defense and oil portfolios. Currently the defense minister will be PM Al-Jaafari and oil minister the former U.S. sweetheart now disliked by the Pentagon, Ahmad Chalabi. How ironic. Two deputy prime minister spots also remain unfilled as Al-Jaafari attempts to bring more Sunnis into the cabinet.
Iraq's First Democratic Gov't Sworn In

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