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IAF submitted nominees' names to rejoin the cabinet a[euro]" President Talabani.

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Baghdad, Apr 20, (VOI) a" President of the Republic Jalal Talabani said on Sunday that the "subtle obstacles" that prevent the Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF a" Sunni parliamentary bloc) from rejoining the cabinet were removed, and the IAF submitted its nominees' names to occupy empty ministerial posts.

Talabani explained in a press conference in Baghdad "the subtle obstacles that prevented the IAF from rejoining the cabinet were removed."

"The brothers in the IAF submitted their nominees' names in order for the premier to choose from among them," he added.

"Two names were submitted for each open post," Talabani said.

In August 2007, the IAF, which held 44 out of 275 parliamentary seats, withdrew from Premier Nouri al-Maliki's cabinet.

IAF has five ministerial positions, in addition to the post of deputy premier.

President Talabani described this development as an "important step, and very important to fulfilling national unity and reconciliation."

"Negotiations are underway with the Iraqi National List (secular parliamentary bloc), and al-Fadila Party (Islamic Shiite), to convince them to rejoin the cabinet," he noted.

Talabani did not refer to any attempts or negotiations with the Sadr movement in this regard.

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Date:Apr 20, 2008
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