Hope for deal on new govt next week, says Iraq PM

Written by Reuters | Baghdad | Updated: Jul 3 2014, 13:42pm hrs
Iraqs Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he hoped to overcome the challenges blocking the formation of a new government, a day after the new parliaments first session ended without agreement on top government posts.

A state of weakness occurred but God willing in the next session (planned for next Tuesday) we will overcome it with cooperation and agreement and openness ...in choosing the individuals and the mechanisms that will result in a political process based on...democratic mechanisms, said Maliki in his weekly televised address. Sunnis and Kurds had abandoned the first meeting of the parliament.