Regarding media reports that interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi walked out of the 29 March assembly session in frustration, Allawi's spokesman Tha'ir al-Naqib told RFI: "The prime minister is very eager and he was very delighted that the National Assembly held a meeting and he was pushing forward; he did send a letter to the chairman of the National Assembly to hold the meeting and form a government as soon as possible. The prime minister waited for three hours; the meeting [was] supposed to be held at 11 a.m., it [wasn't] held until 2:00 so he waited for three hours. He had a very important meeting in his office, that's why he left. We keep pushing forward to form a new government, a new National Assembly, and we are going to participate in all the meetings, all the discussions regarding this issue."
(RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)