Iraq's Christian leaders are expressing hope that the new government will promote stability and protect the Christian minority, according to the Catholic Culture website.
"The Christians have hopes for a stable and strong government," said Archbishop Avak Asadourian, primate of the Armenian Orthodox Church of Iraq and secretary general of the Iraqi Council of Christian Church Leaders.
Syrian Catholic Archbishop George Casmoussa of Mosul agreed.
Archbishop Casmoussa said, "There are now five Christians in Parliament and this is a step forward from the previous Parliament, where there was only one. But it's not enough. We encourage lay Christians to become involved in social life and engage in good politics, to support Christian values, such as respect for human dignity and fundamental human freedoms."