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The Iraqi Parliament will meet next week after all. The acting speaker says lawmakers will gather Monday — a big shift from an earlier plan to wait until mid-August. Parliament is trying, so far without success, to choose a new prime minister and fill other leadership posts in hopes of confronting the Sunni Islamist insurgents who have taken control of much of the country.
The acting speaker, Mehdi al-Hafidh, said in a statement: “Any delay in this could jeopardize the security of Iraq and its democratic course and increase the suffering of the Iraqi people.” Some Iraqi lawmakers had criticized the five-week delay, as had the United States, which keeps stressing that time is short to keep the country from breaking apart.
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Reuters contributed to this report.