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Kurd: Deal closer on settling Iraq political limbo

 File - In this file photo released by the Iraq Prime Minister's Office Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, shakes hand...

Iraq Kurds

File - In this file photo released by the Iraq Prime Minister's Office Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, shakes hand...

A Kurdish political negotiator says his bloc is close to a deal that would give Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki enough parliament seats to keep power and form a new government.
It would be a major step in ending Iraq's seven-month political limbo. But it would likely bring strong backlash from Sunni leaders and could drag on the crisis for months.
The Kurdish envoy says talks Friday with al-Maliki's Shiite allies touched on key Kurdish demands, including a referendum over control of an oil region in Iraq's north.
A Sunni-bloc finish atop March elections, but short of a parliament majority. Al-Maliki needs the Kurds to put him over the top,
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.


Updated : 2021-10-26 09:29 GMT+08:00