Iraq Parliament to Convene for Government Vote

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iraq's parliament is to meet on Monday to vote on a new government in a key moment for the country which is battling to regain territory from militants.

Iraq Parliament to Convene for Government Vote

"The Council of Representatives will hold a session... to form the government," said an invitation from parliament for media to attend.

If a government is not agreed, this will mean a return to the start of the contentious process, leaving Iraq rudderless at a time of crisis.

Government formation got off to a rocky start, AFP reported.

Abadi said on his Twitter account on Saturday that "cabinet formation is in its final stages", but that the process had been held up by blocs that either delayed presenting candidates or nominated people who were unqualified.

The process of forming a new government comes at a critical time as Iraq fights to retake large areas of territory lost to a sweeping June militant offensive.

There have been repeated calls from the international community for a broad-based government to help confront the militants.


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