Al-Maliki (Finally) Offered New Term as Prime Minister

We have just received news that Iraq's newly-appointed President, Jalal Talabani, has formally asked Nouri al-Maliki to accept the position of Prime Minister and form the next government.

Following his appointment today (Thursday), al-Maliki will have 30 days in which to choose a cabinet.

Maliki has reportedly asked Iraqi's to “turn over a new page, and forget their differences”.

BBC's correspondent in Baghdad describes it this morning as “one more step along the tortuous road to a new government”.

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