Iraqi PM Maliki asked to form new government
Iraq's president officially asked Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday to form a new management, giving him 30 days to choose a cabinet from in the middle of Iraq's fractious Shi'ite, Kurdish and Sunni political faction.

The ask for from President Jalal Talabani came two weeks after political leaders reached an accord to divide up the top government jobs, a deal that put Maliki, a Shi'ite, on track for a second term as leader.

The power-sharing pact, more than eight months after an uncertain March 7 parliamentary election, offered several hope that Iraq could avoid a return to the sectarian warfare that killed tens of thousands of people at its crest in 2006-07.

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