Maliki starts second term

New Iraqi government faces immediate challenge to keep coalition together, move forward with oil production boost and end oil-related disputes.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) walks towards his seat past members of his new cabinet during a parliamentary session in Baghdad on December 21, 2010 in which lawmakers unanimously approved the new government to be headed by the incumbent Shiite premier. (ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has gotten Parliament’s approval to begin his second term, with a majority of cabinet positions in place following Tuesday's session. Maliki’s ability to keep coalition partners Iraqiya, Kurdistan Alliance and Sadrists happy will be a first test of his second term.

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