The Kurdish and Sunni political factions of Iraq are opposed to incumbent Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari staying on in his post in the next government, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday, AFP reported. Last month, al-Jaafari was re-selected for the post of prime minister by Iraq''s dominant Shiite United Iraqi Alliance after it won 128 out of 275 parliamentary seats in the December general elections.
Prime Minister cancelled a meeting Thursday with Iraq's top political leaders. Al-Jaafari called the meeting to discuss ways to resolve the political standoff and contain a surge of sectarian violence that has pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war. His office gave no reason for cancelling it. "The cancellation of this meeting is a regrettable thing because such meetings are essential under the current situation," said Mahmoud Othman, from the Kurdish bloc in Parliament.
The talks on a new government broke down last week when Sunni parties pulled out in protest against attacks on Sunni mosques triggered by the Feb. 22 bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine in the central city of Samarra. Hundreds were killed in the sectarian fury that followed