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Top Iraqi Leaders Agree to Form a Policy Council

Iraqi officials announced Sunday that they had agreed to form a council of the country’s top politicians to make policy on security and economic issues in the new government. The council, which will include the prime minister and president, is an attempt to include all the country’s major factions in decision making at a time of rising sectarian tensions. The Iraqi Constitution approved by voters last fall does not have language supporting the creation of such a council. The 19-member body will essentially concentrate power in the hands of the country’s political party leaders, and supersede the cabinet and Parliament in making broad decisions. Full Story

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