Members of the new Iraqi parliament attend a session at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad July 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)
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Iraq's new parliament postponed its next session for five weeks on Monday, extending the country's political paralysis in the face of a Sunni Islamist insurgency which claimed the life of an army general on the northwestern outskirts of Baghdad.Maliki said last week that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government after the new parliament's first session ended without agreement on the top posts of prime minister, president and parliament speaker.Under a governing system put in place after the removal of Saddam Hussein, the prime minister has always been a member of the Shi'ite majority, the speaker of parliament a Sunni and the largely ceremonial president a Kurd.Politicians criticised the parliamentary delay, but held others responsible. Sunnis and Kurds blame the State of Law coalition, the Shi'ite grouping that includes Maliki's Dawa Party, for failing to name a prime minister. Joining the chorus, Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday urged the State of Law coalition to withdraw its support for Maliki and choose another candidate.
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