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Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to delay government

Created: 08/22/2014 5:21 AM
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has called on the country's leaders to settle their differences in a "realistic and doable" manner and swiftly form a new government, badly needed in the face of a growing Sunni insurgency.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says the next government should be made up of candidates who care about "the country's future and its citizens."

The cleric's remarks were relayed by his representative, Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalaie, during Friday prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.

The premier-designate, Haider al-Abadi, has until Sept. 10 to submit a list of Cabinet members to parliament for approval but deadlines have often been broken because of political wrangling in Iraq.

Al-Karbalaie says al-Sistani is warning that politicians' "demands and conditions could derail the forming of the new government."

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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