IRAQ - Baghdad, closed door negotiations for the formation of new government [AN]

The National Assembly will meet for the first time on June 14 and, as the first act, elect the speaker and two deputies. The union between the Shiite forces raises the candidacy of former Prime Minister al-Maliki, who must overcome opposition from the Sadrists. The Kurds tip the balance in the formation of the executive in exchange for oil rights and Kirkuk. Christians 5 seats, three more than the past.

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