Iraq has a new national government. The question now is, will it last?
The latest power-sharing deal ends eight months of deadlock and gives each of the country’s three main factions a piece of the political pie.
Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Jalal Talabani, retains the presidency. He was re-elected despite a walkout by two thirds of the Sunni led alliance.
Talibani’s re-appointment in turn paved the way for Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to keep his job,
The newly elected president swore in Iraq’s incumbent prime minister for another four-year term shortly after his own confirmation.
The final piece of the political jigsaw sees the Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance get their man -Osama Nujaifi – in the parliamentary speaker’s chair.
Many Sunni politicians, however, remain unhappy that al-Maliki has been able to hold on to his post and the large walkout by the group’s MPs hints at the fragile nature of the fledgling government.
Nevertheless, the pact brings together all of Iraq’s ethnic factions and with it the hope that the country may finally emerge from sectarian bloodshed.