Are the streets of Iraq safer now that a power-sharing pact has been made?
Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds have come together in a political partnership, ending eight months of deadlock since an inconclusive election.
But the arrangement, similar to the last Iraqi government, has not convinced everyone.
For Baghdad resident Mishid Al-laami, the parliamentary session to form a new administration was good timing and electing the President of Iraq was good news.
But Ali Sabri, also from the capital, described the birth of a new government as “a birth of new conspiracies among the political blocs.”
He said that “the victim,” would be “the innocent Iraqi people.”
There are already signs of turbulence. Members of ex-premier Iyad Allawi’s Sunni-backed bloc walked out of the parliamentary session at which Shi’ite Nuri al-Maliki was reappointed prime minister.
Many Sunnis doubt Maliki can forge national unity.
A Sunni was appointed parliamentary speaker while Kurd Jalal Talabani is Iraq’s newly re-elected President.