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  1. Posted on March 31st, 2010 by in Middle East, News Headlines Iraq PM will follow law on election: US envoy (Space War) Washington (AFP) March 30, 2010
  2. (Akaniwz c) m / 2010/4/1 Baghdad, April 1 (Akaniwz) An official at the Finance Ministry said Thursday that the ministry was launched more than 40 percent of provincial budgets for the month of April being denied rumors that pointed to the delayed launch of financial and investment budgets allocated to the provinces of Iraq. The chancellor said the ministry Saeb Abdul Alim told Kurdistan News (Akaniwz) announced today that "the accounting department in the Ministry of Finance will launch this month, about 40 percent of budgets, financial and investment to the provinces particularly in the funds
  3. NAM NEWS NETWORK Apr 1st, 2010 BAGHDAD, April 1 (NNN-KUNA) Iraqi President Jalal Al-Talabani has held talks with former prime minister Iyad Allawi, who won recent nationwide polls defeating Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, prospects of forming a national coalition government. An official statement said Talabani, who visited Allawi at the latter
  4. Date: 31 Mar 2010 The following Security Council press statement on the Iraq elections was read out today by Council President Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet (Gabon): The members of the Security Council welcome the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq's (IHEC) 26 March announcement of the provisional results of the Iraqi parliamentary election and look forward to the certification by the Supreme Court. The members of the Security Council congratulate the Iraqi people and Government, including the Iraqi security forces, and IHEC for holding this successful election. The members of the Secur
  5. Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:51pm By Paul Eckert - Analysis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's currency is clearly undervalued, but pressure on Beijing to make its currency rise in value won't trim the U.S. trade deficit with China or reduce the jobless rate, say American economists. Political pressure is building on the Obama administration to name China a "currency manipulator" in a mid-April report, and lawmakers are threatening to slap tariffs on Chinese goods to offset any export subsidy a cheap currency gives China. However, many trade economists and businessmen say that at best, a heavy-handed U.S.
  6. Thursday, April 01, 2010 Responding to a request for clarification made by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki
  7. Gregg Carlstrom | March 31, 2010 3:32 PM The horse-trading continues in Iraq: Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is trying to cement a possible merger with the Iraqi National Alliance, but the Sadrist movement seems reluctant; and Iyad Allawi is trying to attract Kurdish support, but the Kurds seem reluctant. There's a lot to keep track of, so we've rounded up a bullet-point list of the latest political maneuverings after the jump. We'll do similar lists in the coming days as they're needed.
  8. Updated March 31, 2010 A Fox News poll finds that 40 percent of voters think the Iraqi people are responsible for their country having a sovereign government and holding elections. American voters credit the Iraqi people and former President George W. Bush equally for establishing a sovereign government in Iraq. In addition, while democracy in Iraq is viewed as being beneficial for the war on terrorism, it
  9. 2010-04-01 01:09:00 Iraq's sitting Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Wednesday that his bloc would continue negotiations with other blocs to form a new "national partnership government," no matter how long it would take. "The State of Law has held talks with other blocs about the formation of a coalition and the next government, although we have yet achieved any tangible results," Maliki said at a meeting attended by senior politicians of his list. He said his bloc was ready for a possible long time needed to solve pending issues between his bloc and others to ensure a " better quality gove
  10. March 30, 2010, 11:46 p.m. EDT LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- As Beijing offered contradictory views this week on whether to allow its currency to appreciate, analysts also appeared at odds over whether the Chinese unit should move higher, with some saying the yuan might even be undervalued. China kept the yuan's central parity rate -- the daily rate that marks the center of a 1-percentage-point band limiting movement for the currency's rate against the U.S. dollar -- almost unchanged on Wednesday, at 6.8263 yuan to the dollar against 6.8264 yuan Tuesday. After China opened its currency to a
  11. Posted on Wed, Mar. 31, 2010 BAGHDAD
  12. Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Disagreement over a second term for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is snarling merger talks between his coalition and a rival Shiite bloc with close ties to Iran, sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday. Maliki's State of Law group is negotiating a possible union with the Iraqi National Alliance, which includes anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, to form the largest bloc in Iraq's next parliament. An alliance between the two main Shiite groups could push Ayad Allawi's cross-sectarian Iraqiya coalition, the top vote-getter in March 7 elections, to the si
  13. March 30, 2010 Iraq's Political Blocs Flock to Tehran to Court Cleric Adding to speculation about the path to a coalition government in post-election Iraq, influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a formal call today for a national referendum on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Maliki
  14. 3/30/2010 12:29 PM ET Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi said Iraqis were worried about political talks on government formation being held in Iran as it would lead to a redrawing of the war-ravaged country's map along sectarian lines. Hashimi's remarks came during a free-wheeling chat with a prominent Iraqi regional daily. "Iraqis are very worried about the meetings (in Iran) because they signal the redrawing of the political map along sectarian lines," al-Hashimi said. According to him, the interference of neighboring countries in Iraq's internal affairs was quite evident, in an appare
  15. Three weeks after Iraq's national elections, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Chris Hill says onlookers are closely following the ways political blocs could merge and regroup in an effort to gain enough power to build a coalition government. Results are not yet certified, but an unofficial complete tally of the elections has two centrist parties in the lead. Former prime minister Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya party has 91 seats, and current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition is only two seats behind with 89. Speaking to reporters in Washington via satellite from his office in Baghdad,
  16. 07:35 AM Mar 31, 2010BAGHDAD (AP) - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's strategy suggests he is prepared for a long and bitter fight to hold on to power. The Iraqi leader is trying all sorts of legal maneuvers to deny victory to his chief opponent, former prime minister Ayad Allawi, whose secular bloc won the most parliamentary seats in the March 7 elections and presumably the right to try to form a new government. One potentially explosive issues concerns a committee's attempts to disqualify some winning candidates. Al-Maliki has benefited from its actions; at least four candidates targeted by t
  17. March 31, 2010 Al Jaafari likely to bow to Iran request to bury differences with Al Maliki Dubai: Major Shiite groups are in talks to form a bigger coalition ahead of the first meeting of the newly-elected parliament in 10 days. According to reports, talks are under way between the representatives from the State of Law bloc, led by the outgoing prime minister Nouri Al Maliki and the Iraqi National Alliance (INA). The State of Law bloc, the second largest group with 89 seats, is mainly formed from Dawa Party, while the INA, an alliance of three Shiite groups, is an offshoot of Dawa Party with E
  18. March 30, 2010 | 4:36 p.m. Instead of maneuvering for the upper hand, Nouri Maliki should focus on creating peace and stability for his nation. In Iraq, winning the vote and winning power are two entirely different propositions. Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's secular Iraqiya bloc has garnered the most seats in parliament, beating current Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's predominantly Shiite State of Law coalition. Allawi's 91 seats give him a plurality, not an outright majority, in the 325-seat parliament, but the constitution says that the top vote-getter should have the first shot at formi
  19. MARCH 30, 2010 BP PLC Tuesday awarded $500 million in contracts to drill wells in Iraq's giant Rumaila oil field, the first step in a mammoth initiative by foreign oil companies to revive the country's energy industry. If successful, the effort at Rumaila and several other fields near Basra could be one of the largest expansions of crude-oil production ever achieved anywhere. Increased Iraq production could be the difference between a well-supplied global market with oil steadily trading below today's $82 a barrel and a tight oil market with triple-digit prices, struggling to meet rising Asian
  20. Iyad Allawi, the man who won Iraq's parliamentary elections, has accused Iran of trying to prevent him from becoming prime minister. The leader of the secular alliance that narrowly won this month's poll told the BBC that Tehran was interfering directly in Iraq's electoral process. His Iraqiyya bloc beat the rival State of Law alliance of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki by just two seats. Both the UN and US envoys to Iraq have said the 7 March poll was credible. But Mr Maliki has said he will challenge the count through the courts. Despite winning the election, Mr Allawi is a long way short of
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