Iraq PM says government vacancies filled Bernard Hibbitts at 12:19 PM ET
[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] told reporters Saturday in Baghdad that the vacant posts in his Cabinet sworn in last week [JURIST report] - five ministers and one deputy prime minister - have now been filled, and that the nominess had been approved by President Jalal Talabani and the country's two vice-presidents. The appointments would appear to end the intense negotiations over positions which has held up government operations and stalled progress in the National Assembly towards the drfating of a permanent national constitution. No names were given Saturday, but al-Jaafari said the appiontees would be announced Sunday. AP has more.
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