Iraq presidental council urges new govt without more delay

Iraq's presidential council urged for forming a new government without more delay to prevent violence after a March election produced no outright winner.

Iraq presidental council urges new govt without more delay

Iraq's presidential council urged on Tuesday for forming a new government without more delay to prevent violence after a March parliamentary vote produced no outright winner.

The council's warning was issued after the electoral bloc of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which demanded a recount of votes in Baghdad, filed a new complaint asking to halt the process, saying the elections commission was using improper procedures that could produce inaccurate results.

The council, made up of President Jalal Talabani and two vice-presidents, warned that continued delays could "obstruct and fracture the whole electoral and political process."

"The council believes in the necessity of not prolonging the constitutional vacuum in the country," it said in a statement.

The recount of 2.5 million votes in Baghdad has delayed certification of the final results.

The recount demand by Maliki's State of Law bloc was seen as an attempt to overturn a slim two-seat lead in the vote posted by the cross-sectarian Iraqiya alliance of secularist former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, which won strong Sunni support.

The recount began on Monday and was expected to take up to 12 days.

The presidential council said the will of voters and candidates and the judiciary's independence must be respected.

"This is also a way to prevent a return of violence and the dangers of international control (intervention), preserving the independence of Iraq and its sovereignty, unity and safety of its land," it said.

It also called on the Independent High Electoral Commission to send full preliminary election results for 17 of Iraq's 18 provinces, excluding only Baghdad, to the court for ratification as a way of speeding up the final results.

Reuters

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