UN chief calls for swift formation of new Iraqi government

16:28, May 22, 2010      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Friday called on Iraq's political leaders to move quickly to form a new government as negotiations continue on its make-up, more than two months after the country held parliamentary polls whose results were disputed.

At least 12 million people cast their votes in the March 7 elections, in which more than 6,000 candidates took part. The secretary-general described those polls as "broadly participatory and inclusive" in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the UN mission in the country, known as UNAMI.

In the report released here on Friday, Ban urged political leaders to work swiftly and unite to set up a cohesive and inclusive new government.

"These are the responsibilities that come with democracy and fall on all political entities, especially those that have won the largest number of seats ... A long, drawn-out Government formation process will not serve the interests of the Iraqi people," he said.

Following an appeal by the State of Law coalition, a political group headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, regarding the election results, the Electoral Judicial Panel ordered the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to recount by hand all ballots cast in the governorate of Baghdad.

According to media reports, the recount has upheld the narrow lead of the party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, over al-Maliki's coalition in the 325-member Council of Representatives.



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