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Iraq Parliament to convene April 17

The previous session of the Parliament was held on March 16, when the newly elected members were sworn in three months after the election.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 16:46 IST

Iraq's Parliament will convene on Monday, the speaker of the assembly Adnan Pachachi told reporters on Wednesday.

"There are signs that there will be agreement on all problems concerning formation of the government" and so "the parliament will convene on April 17 at 11:00 am," Pachachi.

The previous session of the Parliament was held on March 16, when the newly elected members were sworn in three months after the election.

However, that session swiftly adjourned amid little sign of a deal on a government of national unity.

When asked if the Parliament will vote on the candidacy of Jaafari, Pachachi said Jaafari's candidacy still awaited approval from the presidential council which itself "has not been elected yet."

Iraq's constitution stipulates that the appointment of the Prime Minister needs to be sealed by the three-member presidential council which lawmakers have yet to appoint.

Jaafari meanwhile has insisted that his political fate would be decided on the floor of Parliament.

His selection by the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance has faced immense pressure from Kurds and Sunni Arabs stalling the formation of the national unity government nearly four months after elections.