Updated at 5:25 p.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2010
At least four Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in light violence in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, a general outline describing how the new government will operate was approved today by parliament.
Iraqiya ended its boycott of parliament and helped approve a power-sharing agreement that will ostensibly increase Sunni power in government while keeping in check that of the prime minister. The parliamentary vote took place within hours of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, the head of Iraqiya, saying he would kill the deal. His rivals in the Kurd and Shi’ite alliances also threatened to abandon the agreement after Thursday’s dramatic walkout by dozens of Iraqiya members. The walkout was in part due to what Iraqiya perceived was the backpedaling of the other lawmakers to one of their major demands–the inclusion of former Ba’athists in the government; however, even that issue in now being considered. Many had feared the instability of the new government could unleash a significant wave of sectarian violence should it fall, but that seems less likely now.
The strangled corpse of a female was discovered in the Tigris River at Samarra.
In Baghdad, an intelligence officer was killed.