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Prime Minister-Designate Jawad al-Maliki (right) on April 22 (AFP)
April 25, 2006 -- Prime Minister-designate Jawad al-Maliki says his priority will be to unite all Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups.
Al-Maliki says he is working on choosing a cabinet, which will share power among Shi'ite Muslims, Sunni Arabs, and Kurds in a bid to end a Sunni insurgency and sectarian violence.
A wave of car bombs killed at least eight people and wounded nearly 80 in Baghdad yesterday, underlining fears that continued violence could drag the country into a full-scale civil war.
Two car bombs near Baghdad's Mustansiriya University killed at least five people and wounded 25. A car bomb near the Health Ministry killed three people and wounded 25.
In another development, 32 bodies of Iraqi police and security forces were discovered in two areas of Baghdad.