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Iraqi VP orders parliament to convene and begin government formation process

The Iraqi parliament has been ordered to convene on July 1 to begin the government formation process.
By JC Finley Follow @OneCuriousWorld Contact the Author   |   June 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM
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BAGHDAD, June 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Khader al Khuzaei, acting on behalf of ailing President Jalal Talabani, has issued a decree to convene the Council of Representatives on July 1.

The Iraqi COR will then begin the process of government formation, the directive noted.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged sectarian factions to overcome their differences in the face of violent instability fueled by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-led attacks.

"We desperately need a united national stance to defy terrorism," the prime minister said during his televised address.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and others have championed a two-track approach to the crisis, militarily and politically: fight ISIS and form an inclusive new government in line with Iraq's constitutional mandates.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking Thursday from Baghdad, underlined Iraq's need for political unity to combat the threat posed by ISIS.

"The Iraqi state is facing an existential threat, with huge ramifications for the true future stability and freedom of this country," said Hague. "The single most important factor that will determine whether or not Iraq overcomes this challenge is political unity."

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