Iraq presidency convenes parliament in first step to form new government

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - Iraq's presidency issued a decree on Thursday for a parliament session on July 1, state TV said, starting the process of forming a new government amid an insurgency that threatens the country's unity.

Vice-President Khudair al-Khuzai, who is acting president and a close ally of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, announced the session would be held.

Three months after elections, a chorus of Iraqi and international voices have called for the government formation process to be started.