Iraqi Lawmakers Approve New Government

Dec. 21: Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks to the Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his new government for approval in Baghdad, Iraq.

Dec. 21: Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks to the Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his new government for approval in Baghdad, Iraq.  (AP2010)

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi lawmakers have unanimously approved a new government to be headed by incumbent Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The long-awaited vote on the new government ends nine months of political deadlock after an inconclusive parliament election in March.

Lawmakers approved a total of 29 ministers including al-Maliki to form the new government.

The remainder of the 42-member Cabinet is made up of acting ministers for now.