Iraq Parliament to Meet
By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer April 12, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The acting parliament speaker said Wednesday he will convene the legislature next week to push the formation of a new government that is stalled over who will be prime minister.
Adnan Pachachi, a Sunni Arab, told a news conference he decided to convene the assembly Monday because "it's my duty to the Iraqi people in order to preserve the credibility of the democratic process."
Pachachi added that Shiite politicians told him they hope to have the deadlock over the nomination of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari resolved before the session.
Pachachi, a former foreign minister, said he was hopeful for a breakthrough.
"There are indications that cause us to be optimistic," he said.