Analysis: Political Crunch Time in Iraq
Council on Foreign Relations
August 30, 2007
Prepared by: Greg Bruno, Robert McMahon
But in two recent speeches, President Bush has thrown his support behind Maliki and praised a tentative agreement on a unity government reached by Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish leaders on August 27. The proposal, if approved by the Iraqi parliament, would end laws banning former Baath party members from joining the government; establish provincial elections; bolster security; and regulate the oil industry. President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, said the leaders agreed (AFP) to “overcome the political and security crisis in Iraq.” Sunni leaders praised the deal, though some expressed doubts Maliki can make good on the promises. Others called it a stall tactic (al-Jazeera) to ease pressure from Washington.
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