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Iraq presidency convenes parliament in first step to form new government

Kurdish peshmerga fighters take positions on the front line with militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers south of the oil rich province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BAGHDAD: Iraq's presidency issued a decree Thursday for a parliament session on July 1, state television said, starting the process of forming a new government amid an insurgency that threatens the country's unity.

Vice President Khudair al-Khuzai, who is acting president and a close ally of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, announced the session would be held.

Three months after elections, a chorus of Iraqi and international voices have called for the government formation process to be started.

 

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