BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's vice president has called on parliament to convene Tuesday, the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political bloc won the most seats in April 30 elections, but he needs support from other blocs to govern with a majority. Critics blame his failure to promote national reconciliation for the Sunni anger fueling the insurgent gains and want him to step down.
Khudeir al-Khuzaie issued a decree Thursday ordering the 328-member parliament to meet. Constitutionally the next step would be to elect a speaker and two deputies, then within 30 days to choose a new president who will ask the largest bloc to choose a prime minister and form the new government.