Clinton urges Iraq to form government

Other News Materials 1 June 2010 23:28 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday urged Iraq's political leaders to move quickly to form a government following the ratification of the March 7 election results, DPA reported.

"We call on Iraq's political leaders to move forward without delay to form an inclusive and representative government that will work on behalf of the Iraqi people," Clinton said in a statement.

Former prime minister Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya List party won the most seats, capturing 91 in the vote, two more than incumbent Prime Minister's Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition.

Allawi claims he has the first chance to form a government because his party won the seats. Al-Maliki has argued he should have the first option because his alliance with the Iraqi National List party gives him a total of 159 seats, even though it falls short of the majority needed in the 325-seat parliament.