Iraq parliament session postponed

Political deadlock continues as rival blocs fail to agree on parliamentary speaker.

    Iraq has been plagued by political uncertainty since the March polls did not produce a clear winner [AFP]

    The first attempt to hold a parliamentary session, on June 14, was adjourned after only 20 minutes.

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    The country's main political groups have been unable to strike a coalition deal.

    The Iraqiya bloc, led by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, finished first in the election with 91 seats, followed closely by the State of Law alliance, led by Nouri al-Maliki, the incumbent prime minister, with 89.

    The Iraqi National Alliance, a group of Shia Muslim parties, finished third with 70 seats.

    Al-Maliki has joined with the National Iraqi Alliance to form a larger coalition but the new union still does not have enough seats in the 325-seat parliament to get a majority.

    Both al-Maliki and Allawi are claiming the post as prime minister.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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