Iraq-watchers are eagerly awaiting the announcement of Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi's proposed cabinet, which is due to be put before parliament in the coming week.
As always, it will be a difficult balancing act, but now more than ever it will be crucial to get that balance right.
Under 'normal' circumstances, it would seem sensible to reduce the number of ministries from more than 30 at present, but the fine tuning required to get agreement among the competing factions will make this difficult in practice.
With much riding on the outcome, it is clear that Haider al-Abadi has the support of many both inside and outside Iraq, and we look forward to seeing the results of his four weeks of deliberations.
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