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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

AP: Iraqis cave to US pressure to convene Parliament

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer -- Wednesday, 1 hour, 58 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Under U.S. pressure, Iraqi leaders decided Wednesday to convene parliament in a bid to jump-start formation of a new unity government, stalled for months over the choice of a prime minister.

al-JaafariPrime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, left, insisted Wednesday that he still enjoyed the support of the Shiite alliance, the dominant bloc in parliament, and would not step aside.

But Shiite officials raised doubts whether the session — already postponed once this week — would take place Thursday as planned. They said the seven-faction Shiite alliance would meet Thursday morning and decide whether to attend the afternoon session.

The Bush administration is anxious to get a broad-based government seated, hoping it will help undermine support for the insurgency as well as calm sectarian strife that has bloodied Iraq in recent months.

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