Mr. Maliki defended his political horse trading with rival factions, many of which are seen as far apart on several substantial policy issues. He called the post-election process—in which he managed to prevail despite his own party bloc failing to gain the most votes—"very arduous."
He acknowledged that he expanded the number of cabinet seats just to placate the squabbling parties that he eventually cobbled together into his governing coalition, arguably the broadest since the fall of Mr. Hussein.
"I mean seven to eight ministries are, allow me to say, ministries for appeasement purposes," he said.
Two possibilities, neither of them good. One: Maliki disregards the “appeasement purposes” ministries and thereby disenfranchises an entire bloc of the country, fueling resentment against the government, possibly along ethnic liens; two: Maliki gives into the appeasement ministries, which actually do have positions of importance, which drags the government into gridlock. There’s a middle ground, to be sure, but these are I things I suspect.