Newly elected Iraqi parliament members attend the body's first session in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraq's new parliament broke up in chaos Tuesday, with lawmakers threatening each other or walking out despite global calls for fractious politicians to form a government needed to face a Sunni militant onslaught.After a break called to calm soaring tempers, so many Sunni and Kurdish deputies stayed away that the quorum was lost, so a speaker could not be elected as was constitutionally required, and the session ended in disarray. The latest crisis has alarmed world leaders, displaced hundreds of thousands of people and polarized Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations.Some Sunni MPs walked out of the chamber when mention was made of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the jihadist group leading the anti-government offensive, and enough Sunnis and Kurds did not return following a break that Tuesday's session was without a quorum.Under a de facto agreement, the prime minister is chosen from among Shiite Arabs, the speaker from Sunni Arabs and the president is a Kurd.Iraq has appealed for the US to carry out air strikes against the jihadists.
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