Iraq PM says hopes for deal on new government in next parliament session

Reuters , Wednesday 2 Jul 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and Osama al-Nujaifi, speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (3nd R), attend a session at the Parliament headquarters in Baghdad July 1, 2014. (Photo:Reuters)

Iraq's 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 parliament's 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," said Maliki in his weekly televised address.

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