BAGHDAD - A new slate of Iraqi ministers were sworn in Monday, but divisive issues already threaten to derail Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominally inclusive government, which is straining for support among the country's Kurdish and Sunni minorities.
Kurdish leaders are demanding action starting this week to resolve disputes over oil, money, land and the distribution of state powers, and have set a three-month deadline. Sunni parties have not yet finalized their nominee to head the Defense Ministry, and are jockeying to ensure the Interior Ministry does not fall into the hands of a polarizing Shia figure; both posts are still vacant.
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