What is next for the Iraqi government

The naming of Jalal Talabani as president, Ibrahim al-Jafari as prime minister and Ghazi al-Yawir and Adil Abd al-Mahdi as vice-presidents paves the way for the following sequence of events in Iraq:

    Iraq's National Assembly chose Talabani as president

    Choosing a Cabinet: The prime minister has one month to recommend his Council of Ministers, or Cabinet, to the President's Council.


    The prime minister and President's Council will then seek a vote of confidence by simple majority from the National Assembly before starting their work as a government.


    If the prime minister does not nominate the ministers within one month, the President's Council names a new prime minister. 


    Drafting new constitution: The assembly's most important task will be to draft a permanent constitution.


    Parliament must write the draft by 15 August. If it fails to meet that deadline, it can request a six-month extension, just once. 


    Referendum on new constitution: Iraqis must vote on the proposed constitution in a referendum by 15 October. It must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of voters.


    Next elections: If the constitution is approved, elections for a permanent government will be held by 15 December, and the new parliament and government must assume office by 31 December.


    If voters reject the charter, the National Assembly will be dissolved and a new transitional assembly and government will be elected in December to take another

    stab at constitution-writing.

    SOURCE: Unspecified


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