Kurd leader welcomes deal on new Iraqi government

A top Kurdish head welcome on Thursday a hesitant deal on a new government keeping Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in his post and contravention an 8-month deadlock. While Sunnis have a role, the contract still thwart their ambition for greater supporting power, raising concerns sectarian violence could persevere.

The deal could be a hinder for the United States, which was pushing for a strong Sunni role out of fear that the minority group of people could slide back into hold up of Iraq's rebellion if it wasn't given a real say in power.

Assembly was to meet later Thursday to take the first formal step in create the new government — elect a parliament speaker. A parliament vote to corroborate a new government could take more than a few weeks as the faction work out details of posts.

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