Saturday, April 22, 2006

Good News
From Iraq:
Talabani Reelected

It looks like Iraq will finally have a fully-formed government:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - After months of political deadlock, Iraq's parliament convened Saturday and filled top leadership posts, starting the process of putting together a new government aimed at pulling the country out of insurgency and sectarian strife.

President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, was elected to a second term, and the post of parliament speaker went to Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni Arab. Al-Mashhadani's two deputies were to be Khalid al-Attiyah, a Shiite, and Aref Tayfour, a Kurd.

Talabani then named Shiite politician Jawad al-Maliki prime minister-designate after his Shiite coalition nominated him Friday, breaking a deadlock that held up formation of the new government for months.

Here's what Fox News has to say:

On Friday, the Shiite alliance nominated a tough-talking Shiite politician, Jawad al-Maliki, as prime minister in a move that broke the long impasse over forming a new government.

Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians signaled they would accept al-Maliki, clearing the way for parliament to elect top leadership positions, including the president.

Well, it appears to be good news, anyway. I just have to wonder what the "tough-talking" label means.