Kerry urges political reform in Iraq

Jun 23, 2014 11:51 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the fate of Iraq may be decided over the next week and is largely dependent on whether its leaders meet a deadline for starting to build a new government.

Kerry on Monday met with top officials from Iraq's bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political coalitions during a quick trip to Baghdad.

He said each of the Iraqi officials - including Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) - committed to seat the new parliament by July 1 as the constitution requires.

Iraq's leaders have in the past delayed decisions on how to divide power.

Al-Maliki is facing growing calls for his resignation as disgruntled Sunnis say they do not believe he will give them a greater voice in the government.


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