Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will be using a point system in determining the composition of the country’s new government, which he has until the end of the month to assemble. The point system is designed to match the relative prestige of Cabinet seats with the electoral performance of the big winning parties in the March elections. The system, however, is controversial and is feared to further delay the formation of Iraq’s new government, The Wall Street Journal says. Iran has been without a government since the March elections failed to deliver a clear winning party. The country’s top political parties have since agreed to a power-sharing deal that saw al-Maliki return to power as prime minister and Jalal Talabani as president.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.