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Iraqis Turn to a New Leader

In a demonstration of their ability to compromise, Shiites, Kurds, and Sunnis name Jawad al-Maliki prime minister.

What happened
The Iraqi parliament named a new prime minister this week, breaking a three-month political stalemate. Jawad al-Maliki replaced Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who was forced out of office last week under intense pressure from Iraqi rivals and U.S. officials. Maliki is a Shiite from the same political party as Jaafari, but the two were often at odds while they were in Iranian exile in the 1980s and

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