In an interview with the Associated Press, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James F. Jeffrey said Mr. al-Maliki has "a long to-do list" over the next 30 days in selecting a broadly supported Cabinet that must be approved by a majority in parliament.
Al-Maliki asked to form new government in Iraq →
"He's in a strong position," Mr. Jeffrey said. "But it isn't over until it's over, and it's essentially 325 members of the parliament that have the final say."