Break Out the Hookah's! Iraqi Cabinet Announced and Approved
Representatives from all of the Iraq’s religious and ethnic communities were in attendance on this historic day,
After five long months of bickering, the Iraqi Cabinet was announced and approved today. A Sunni representative tried to stop the proceedings but he was voted down in this news era of Iraqi politics!
A waiter carries tobacco water-pipes as customers watch incoming Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on television in the Karada neighbourhood of Baghdad, Iraq Saturday, May 20, 2006. Parliament approved Iraq’s new national unity government on Saturday, achieving a goal the United States hopes will reduce widespread violence so that American forces can eventually go home. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
In his first speech Iraqi’s new Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that security would be the top concern of his administration:
In his first address, al-Maliki told parliament he would make restoring stability and security the top priority of his new administration. He said he would “work fast” to improve and coordinate Iraqi security forces so they can reduce attacks by insurgent groups and militias.
Al-Maliki also said he would set “an objective timetable to transfer the full security mission to Iraqi forces, ending the mission of the multinational forces.”
The cabinet was approved only three years after the fall of the brutal Saddam Hussein Regime.
Front row, left to right: Sunni Arab Deputy Prime Minister Salam Zikam Ali al-Zubaie, Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Kurd Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh, sit in front of other parliamentarians as they attend the inauguration of Iraq’s new national unity government inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq Saturday, May 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
After months of bickering, the Iraqi cabinet members were announced, approved and later took an oath to serve their country today in Baghdad:
In a speech after the inauguration, President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, predicted that the new government will help his oil-rich country resolve its many problems.
“It will achieve security, stability, peace and prosperity. Working with our people and our allies, this national unity government will purge Iraq of its evil forces, allowing it to once again become independent and prosperous,” Talabani said.
The Cabinet includes two women: human rights minister Wijdan Mikaeil, the only Christian chosen, and women’s affairs minister Fatin Abdel-Rahman.
The top ministers include Hussain al-Shahristani, a Shiite who will oversee oil; Bayan Jabr, a Shiite in charge of the Finance Ministry; Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd who is foreign minister; and Abed Falah al-Sudani, a Shiite heading the trade ministry.
Japan, Great Britain, and Italy welcomed the diverse Iraqi government today after the news.
U.S. Senator Orrin Grant Hatch from Utah, right, joins U.S Forces for breakfast in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq Saturday May 20, 2006. Hatch along with U.S. Senator Gordon Harold Smith are in Baghdad for a short visit to boost the morale of the U.S forces from their own states. (AP Photo/Marco Di Lauro)
This was a historic day for the Middle East’s democratically elected government:
“This is a historic day for Iraq and all its people,” deputy parliament speaker Khalid al-Attiyah said at a nationally televised news conference as the legislators gathered.
“It is the first time that a full-term, democratically elected government has been formed in Iraq since the fall of the ousted regime. This government represents all Iraqis,” said al-Attiyah, a bearded Shiite cleric wearing a white turban.