이라크에서는 저항세력의 공격으로 최소한 24명이 사망하는 와중에도 의회가 새로운 단일 정부를 승인했습니다.

누리 알-말리키 총리와 그의 새 내각은 20일 의회의 승인 직후 취임선서를 했습니다. 말리키 총리는 치안 회복을 최우선 순위로 삼겠다면서 이라크 보안대 훈련과 이라크 내 외국군 철수 일정을 밝혔습니다.

이날 의회가 단일 정부를 승인했음에도 불구하고 핵심 요직인 국방과 내무 장관 임명에 대해서는 합의가 이뤄지지 않은 상태입니다.

한편 이라크 관리들은 20일 바그다드 동부의 시아파 구역인 사드르시에서 벌어진 최악의 폭력사태로 최소한 19명이 사망하고 58명이 부상했다고 밝혔습니다.

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Iraq's parliament has approved a new national unity government - even as insurgent attacks killed at least 24 people, underlining the security challenges the nation faces.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his cabinet took the oath of office today (Saturday), after legislators approved his appointments and his political agenda.

Mr. al-Maliki vowed to make the restoration of security his top priority, and to set a timetable for training Iraqi security forces and the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq. He went ahead with the approval of his cabinet - even though no agreement was reached on filling the key defense and interior ministry portfolios.

The new iraqi government is a broad coalition of majority Shi'ites, minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds. It has taken months of negotiations to form after the December 15th elections.

In the worst violence Saturday, Iraqi officials say at least 19 people were killed and 58 others were wounded in the Shi'ite district of Sadr City in the capital, Baghdad.