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New Iraqi Prime Minister Aiming For Unity

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.

(Reuters, AP)

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