LIANE HANSEN, Host:
NPR's Kelly McEvers is in Baghdad. And, Kelly, tell us what the new government looks like.
KELLY MCEVERS: What is different this time is that that party, the Iraqiya party, it's mainly comprised of Sunnis and got the backing of a lot of Sunni voters, got more votes than ever in the past. So, what they've been angling for is just more representation in the new government.
HANSEN: What was the Sunni walkout all about?
MCEVERS: So, the walkout in parliament was basically because they wanted all of these things that they had agreed to to be voted on in the first session of parliament, to be sort of codified while everyone was watching on TV. And instead what the parliament members wanted to do was just name these top three posts.
HANSEN: Now, explain what happened over the weekend.
MCEVERS: So, yesterday, after all of the sort of dramatic movements, the Sunnis came back into parliament, they apologized to everybody, saying we're really sorry, this was a misunderstanding. The lawmakers did exactly what it was they wanted. They codified, they ratified this power-sharing agreement in principle and said they'll start hammering out all the details next week after the Eid al-Adha holiday.
HANSEN: OK. So, now what?
MCEVERS: Either way, the big picture here, what's happened in Iraq, you've got a government that represents the three main groups. And now the real work begins. You know, how will these groups actually sit down together, hash out policy on some of the country's pressing issues, like security, the distribution of oil revenues and, you know, the fate of the northern city of Kirkuk, which is claimed by both Kurds and Arabs. You know, so that's what's going to play out over the next several months.
HANSEN: That's NPR's Kelly McEvers in Baghdad. Kelly, thank you very much.
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