Nuri al-Maliki (file photo) (epa)
November 12, 2006 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called today for a "comprehensive" cabinet reshuffle.
A statement from the Shi'ite prime minister's office says al-Maliki made the call during a closed session of parliament, where he outlined plans to bring stability to the country.
Al-Maliki took office six months ago. He said previously he wanted to change several ministers in his national unity coalition.
Shi'ite legislator Bassam al-Sharif quoted al-Maliki as urging lawmakers to stop criticizing his government and instead declare their loyalty to a unified Iraq.
The prime minister was responding in part to public charges by lawmakers that the government was complicit in the killing of members of the Sunni minority.
(Reuters, AFP, AP)
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