26 Nov 2010

PM formally asked to form new govt in Iraq

8:50 am on 26 November 2010

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq has been nominated to form a new government, ending eight months of political uncertainty since inconclusive general elections were held in March.

The announcement by President Jalal Talabani is part of a power-sharing agreement

The new government is expected to include all major Iraqi factions - Shias, Sunnis and Kurds.

Mr Maliki has urged all parties to work together for the stability of the country.

He called on Iraqis to turn over a new page and forget their differences.

The BBC reports Mr Maliki now has 30 days to put a government together.

Accepting the nomination, Mr Maliki said he was aware the responsibility was "not an easy task".

He asked the political blocs vying for important ministries such as oil and foreign affairs should put forward well-qualified candidates able to take on the difficult challenges facing the country.