Iraq's prime minister-designate has submitted his proposed cabinet list to the country's presidential council, drawing closer to the end of a three-month-long political stalemate.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari did not reveal any of the more than 30 names on the list, but he said it includes representatives of all the country's major groups and at least seven women. The three-member presidential council is expected to approve the list, and it will go to the 275-member National Assembly for a vote of approval on Thursday.
Meanwhile, gunmen on Wednesday killed a member of Iraq's parliament, Lamia Abed Khadduri, on the doorstep of her Baghdad home.
In a separate attack, an Iraqi general (Jihad Luaibi) was seriously wounded and two of his bodyguards were killed when gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital.