BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqs parliament on Tuesday gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Malikis government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point programme aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism. After more than nine months of political deadlock and wrangling, parliament in separate votes gave its approval to Maliki, three deputy prime ministers and 29 other cabinet ministers, as well as the government programme. And it approved interim ministers for the remaining nine cabinet posts, with Maliki controlling the three security portfolios. Maliki said he had delayed proposing the remaining ministers because he needed more time to evaluate the options, having received some resumes as late as Tuesday. I need more time to choose better, and I will continue to study the (resumes) to be able to choose on the basis of efficiency and professionalism, he said. He also pointed to the lack of women candidates as a reason for the delay. I find myself obliged... to wait for the political entities to present women candidates, he said, noting that only one female candidate was presented and she was not selected for a post. For his part, ex-premier Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya bloc narrowly won the March 7 polls with 91 seats but was unable to form a government, announced his support for the government. We wish and we hope for this government to succeed in meeting the peoples requirements, Allawi said, adding that to forward this goal, we are announcing our full support for the government. Malikis still-unfinished cabinet line-up, compromised of candidates chosen from Iraqs various fractious political blocs, is not the one he would have chosen were he free to make the decision alone, his advisor Ali Moussawi said. The new cabinet does not represent the ambition of the prime minister; it reflects the ambition of multiple entities, Moussawi told AFP, adding that we hoped to form a majority government.