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Iraqi PM Says Parliament To Meet On New Government On November 11


In June, newly elected lawmakers were sworn into the new parliament. They have not held another session since.

In June, newly elected lawmakers were sworn into the new parliament. They have not held another session since.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says the parliament will meet on November 11 to complete the process of forming a government.

Iraq has been without a new government since parliamentary elections in March that failed to produce a clear winner.

A Sunni-backed bloc led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi came in first in the election, only two seats ahead of al-Maliki's Shi'ite alliance.

On November 9, a television station owned by al-Maliki's Dawa Party said a series of meetings among the country's political leades this week led to an agreement that Maliki should serve another term in office.

But the report said an agreement has not been reached on who should take the posts of president or speaker of the parliament.

There has been no confirmation of the report from other Iraqi political parties.

compiled from agency reports
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