Shiite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) gather together during training in Baghdad July 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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Iraq's embattled prime minister welcomed Wednesday the election of a parliament speaker -- the first step in forming a new government amid an increasing threat from militants who have taken over a large swath of northern and western Iraq.Political rivals have yet to agree on the most contentious post of prime minister or on a new president.Under an informal agreement that took hold after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, the speaker's chair goes to a Sunni, the presidency to a Kurd and the prime minister's post to a Shiite.
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