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Iraq's PM says committed to forming a new government

Published on Jun 25, 2014 7:34 PM
 
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad in this Jan 12, 2014, file photo. Mr Maliki said on Wednesday he is committed to forming a new government on time as he fights growing calls from his opponents, and some of his former allies, to step aside. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday he is committed to forming a new government on time as he fights growing calls from his opponents, and some of his former allies, to step aside.

A mounting Sunni insurgency is threatening to rupture Iraq 2-1/2 years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and Mr Maliki's domestic opponents say he has made matters worse by alienating moderate Sunnis who once fought al Qaeda but are now teaming up with the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"We will attend the first session of parliament in harmony with the constitutional merits and out of the commitment to the call of the Supreme Marjaiya (Iraq's Shi'ite clergy) and out of loyalty to our people," Mr Maliki said on state television.

On Friday, the Marjaiya's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani himself called for the government formation process to begin.

 
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