Iraqiya party refused to participate any government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki
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  • The Iyad Allawi’s Iraqiya faction which won Iraq’s general election has refused to participate in any new government led by current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The decision by Iraqiya faction, which narrowly defeated Maliki’s grouping in the polls, further dampened hopes of formation of a new administration. Iraqiya faction believes that the current type of government headed by Maliki cannot be repeated. Iraqiya which is broadly a secular coalition which had won 91 seats out of the 325-member parliament in the March 7 polls which is only two more than Maliki’s State of Law Alliance, a Shiite grouping. Recently, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had suggested during talks with her Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in New York that Iraq needed to form a government and avoid creating a security vacuum.1