Two days after Sunni-backed politicians walked out of parliament, politicians and diplomats reported progress Saturday in the delicate process of ratifying a power-sharing deal for governing Iraq.
Iraq's power sharing agreement appears to have fallen apart as lawmakers walk out. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi offered Friday a grim prediction for the future of Iraq's government a day after leading his Iraqiya bloc's walkout from parliament in a dramatic display of unhappiness with a power-sharing agreement that had been forged earlier in the week.
Politicians and foreign diplomats said they were doggedly working Friday to salvage a newly-minted Iraqi government power-sharing deal, a long-awaited agreement that threatened to unravel just hours after it was announced with great fanfare.
After eight months of bickering and political paralysis, Iraqi leaders were thought to have finally reached a power-sharing agreement Thursday for a new government, but that deal appeared to fall apart late in the day as members of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya List walked out of the parliamentary session.
Iraq's top political leaders are expected to meet again Tuesday to try and break the more than eight-months' deadlock to form a government.
Iraq's top political leaders met in the country's Kurdish north on Monday as part of intensified talks between the groups to try and break the more than eight-months' deadlock to form a government.
In a step that could help jump-start the formation of a government, Iraq's acting parliament speaker has called for a session next week to choose a speaker and two deputies.
Attackers targeting security forces in northern Iraq and religious pilgrims in Baghdad left at least 15 people dead and others wounded, police said Tuesday.
With the political future of Iraq still hanging in the balance, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, leader of a coalition of powerful Shiite parties backed by Iran, met with leaders of the Islamic republic in Tehran on Monday.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's al-Iraqiya party announced Monday that it was suspending talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition in response to comments he made in a television interview.
CNN's Arwa Damon talks to Iraqi opposition leader Ayad Allawi about troop withdrawal and his meeting with Muqtada al-Sadr.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki needs to abandon his bid for a new term "for the sake of democracy" and jump-start the stalled process of forming a new government, his leading rival said Sunday.
Iraq's two top vote-getters tried again this week to break an impasse in forming a new government, more than four months after national elections produced no clear winner.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said in an interview with CNN that Iraq is powerless to respond to foreign military strikes, such as those by Turkey and Iran, because Iraq has no army, no air force, and no clear foreign policy.
Iraq's new parliament met for the first time Monday, more than three months after national elections that resulted in a political deadlock.
Iraq's new parliament will convene next week to start what could be a months-long process of forming a government after the March elections, the country's Presidency Council announced Tuesday.
The White House on Tuesday welcomed the certification by Iraq's Federal Supreme Court of the March 7 parliamentary elections across the nation's 18 provinces.
A recount of votes in the Iraqi election found no change in seat allocation for any of the blocs in the most populous province, Baghdad, officials said Sunday.
The manual recount of the Baghdad votes from Iraq's March general election has been completed, and it's not good news for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
A manual recount got under way Monday of some ballots cast in Iraq's national elections nearly two months ago.
Former Iraqi Prime MInister Ayad Allawi, whose slate was the apparent winner of last month's elections, said Tuesday he backs a manual recount of Baghdad votes ordered by an appeals court but is concerned that other areas should be recounted as well.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Iran's influence in Iraq.
Hours after insurgents killed dozens of people on Tuesday in a new wave of bomb attacks in Baghdad, former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said he hopes to soon form a new government after claiming victory in the March 7 ballot.
Iraqis begin an informal, non-binding vote on who to support for prime minister. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.
CNN's Hala Gorani talks with former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi about efforts to assemble a coalition government.
Muqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand cleric with a loyal following among the Shiite population in Iraq, could play a major role in the formation of a new national government.
Ambassador Christopher Hill gives his first interview since the Iraqi elections.
The top U.S. envoy to Iraq said Sunday that the results of the recent Iraqi national election mark a turning point for democracy there, but he warned that challenges remain.
Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister and leader of the winning coalition in the Iraqi national election, said he's open to direct talks with all parties across the political spectrum in his efforts to swiftly forge a new Iraqi government.
Ayad Allawi's Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to results issued Friday by Iraqi election officials.
CNN's Arwa Damon hits the streets in Baghdad to gauge the mood as Iraqis wait for their new government.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's bloc has edged ahead of the coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Iraq's parliamentary vote, election officials announced.
At least two Iraqi police officers were killed and 13 others wounded Tuesday when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the home and office of a former Iraqi prime minister, an Interior Ministry official said.
The failed "liberation" of Iraq may have ramifications beyond the country's borders: It may be just the pretext Turkey's military needs to stage a coup
A roadside bombing near Baghdad's volatile Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday killed at least 11 civilians and wounded 20 others, an Interior Ministry official said.
The former Iraqi Prime Minister seeking a return to power receives a thumbs-up from Saddam's old party
Lobbying against Iraqi leader
A powerhouse Republican lobbying firm with close ties to the White House has begun a public campaign to undermine the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, CNN has confirmed.
Allawi discusses Iraq problems
Iraq's former interim prime minister accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of fomenting sectarian violence plaguing the war-ravaged nation.
Analysis: The former interim leader has positioned himself as a replacement for Maliki. But he's always been more popular in Washington than in Iraq
An international team will review the work of Iraqi election officials, the International Mission for Iraqi Elections said Thursday.
Iraqis began casting ballots in a historic election Thursday, capping off a rocky year by voting for a full four-year parliament.
Iraqis started the year with a historic transitional assembly election. They voted for a constitution in October. And on Thursday they will cap their tumultuous year when many are expected vote for a full four-year parliament.
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Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi was chased from a mosque Sunday in Najaf in what he said was an apparent attempt on his life.
An angry group of Iraqis chased former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and his bodyguards from a Shiite shrine Sunday in the city of Najaf. Police fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd.
U.S. and Iraqi troops have detained several suspected insurgents in the Ramadi area as part of the latest joint operation in the area dominated by Sunni Arabs, the U.S. Marines said Sunday.
Human rights abuses in Iraq are as bad as they were under Saddam Hussein if not worse, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has said.
Three suspects have been charged in Germany over an alleged December 2004 plot to kill then-Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi during a visit to the country.
Iraqis made two grisly discoveries Wednesday, finding more than 50 bodies in the Tigris River and 20 Iraqi soldiers shot to death west of the capital, officials said.
A diplomatic huff between Jordan and Iraq which prompted them to withdraw their envoys shows signs of subsiding.
In a sign that political jockeying for the job of Iraqi prime minister isn't over, Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Wednesday named a new coalition to challenge Ibrahim al-Jaafari for the post.
Iraq's minority coalitions have a chance to strongly influence formation of the nation's new government, two key members of the U.S. Senate said on Sunday.
"No gas, no fuel. This is destruction, not freedom!"
Iraq finds itself rapt in the euphoria of democracy -- something it's clearly not used to.
Iraqi leaders turned their focus Monday to the long process of building a representative, democratic government -- with Sunday's election providing a newfound sense of optimism in parts of the country.
Fear of violence will keep Iraqis in some parts of the country from voting in the national elections less than three weeks away, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Tuesday.
A suicide car bomb attack near the political party headquarters of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi killed at least two Iraqi police officers Monday.
Trials of some of Iraq's former Baath Party leaders will begin next week, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has said.
Insurgent attacks on U.S. convoys in Iraq have prompted the Air Force to step up airlifts of supplies to troops, allowing the Army to reduce the number of convoys on dangerous routes, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi is reportedly suggesting that national elections set for January 30 could be spread out over 15 to 20 days to improve the chances that more Iraqis will vote.
Three people have been detained in coordinated overnight raids in Germany during a visit by interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, German authorities say.
At least two members of Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's family have been kidnapped at gunpoint from their home in Baghdad, amid conflicting reports from government officials and sources close to the family.
Pledging their "strong support" to back Iraq, European Union leaders are considering extending their involvement there by offering interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi the prospect of a special trade and aid deal.
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Sunday that he was getting closer to authorizing major military action against insurgents in the restive city of Falluja, in Anbar province west of Baghdad.
U.S. warplanes bombed houses and other buildings Monday night that the military suspects are used by wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the volatile Iraqi city of Falluja.
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has condemned the broadcasting of the most recent video of British hostage Kenneth Bigley, saying it is "repugnant" to use him as a "political pawn."
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has pleaded with other countries to help Iraq reduce or eliminate its foreign debt and to join the multinational forces fighting the insurgents.
The war crimes trial of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein won't begin any time soon because deteriorating security is hampering information-gathering in the case, a senior U.S. official said Friday.
The visit to Washington of Iraq's interim prime minister spurred a new salvo Thursday in the battle for the White House.
President Bush and interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi emerged from the Oval Office and walked into the Rose Garden speaking with one voice Thursday:
President Bush on Thursday called for resolve in the fight against insurgents and terrorists striking the interim government and U.S. forces in Iraq.
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Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has warned that "terrorists" are flooding into his country from across the Muslim world.
Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Sunday that the trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will begin in Iraq as soon as next month.
Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi says national elections in Iraq will go ahead in January as planned despite ongoing violence in the country.
Iraq's interim prime minister announced on Saturday a temporary amnesty that would let some of the insurgency's minor players off the hook.
A U.S. airstrike in Fallujah killed 14 people and wounded three others early Sunday, according to an Iraqi Health Ministry official for Anbar province.
Insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi purportedly claims responsibility for last week's missile attack against Iraq's interim prime minister, according to a statement posted on several Islamic Web sites Wednesday.
With new violence flaring, Iraqi officials announced a national security law Wednesday that gives the interim government the power to declare martial law and detain suspects during anti-terror sweeps.
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi rebuffed critics Sunday who accuse him of being a U.S. puppet.
Iraq's interim government will announce a partial amnesty for low-level insurgents Monday, a spokesman for interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said.
The new Iraq government will assume legal custody Wednesday of former dictator Saddam Hussein and as many as 11 other key officials of his regime, Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has said.
Three Marines were killed and two were wounded in Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded as their humvee passed by the device, the Coalition Press Information Center said.
Iraq has entered its first full day under the leadership of a newly sovereign interim government, beginning a transformation that its prime minister calls "a major task" likely to take many years.
Officials in the United States and Iraq talked for more than a week about the idea of handing over sovereignty before the scheduled date of June 30, and the ultimate decision came at the urging of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a senior administration official said Monday.
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has urged his people not to be afraid of the "outlaws" fighting against "Islam and Muslims."
Iraq's interim government was sworn in Monday after the United States returned sovereignty to the nation two days ahead of schedule.
President Bush arrived Sunday in Istanbul to attend the NATO summit with hopes of persuading the international body to help train Iraqi forces after Iraqis officially take control of their country on Wednesday.
Iraq's Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has shrugged off two death threats delivered via television and the Internet Wednesday, saying he remains determined to bring democracy to Iraq.
Iraq's interim prime minister has received a public death threat in an ominous recording believed to be made by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the insurgent blamed for attacks against U.S. forces and Iraqi civilians.
Iraq's Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi shrugged off two death threats delivered via television and the Internet Wednesday, saying he remains determined to bring democracy to Iraq.
Iraq's interim prime minister said Saturday that his country has lost $1 billion to insurgent attacks on the oil infrastructure and the ripple effect across the economy.
Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and all Iraqi detainees will be handed over to Iraqi authorities in the next two weeks, Iraq's interim prime minister said Monday.
Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, Thursday said Iraq has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, had significant disruption in electrical service and seen serious environmental damage because of insurgent attacks on the country's oil infrastructure.
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