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Talabani Urged Not to Convene Parliament

Iraq’s president said Monday he would convene the new parliament for the first time next week, beginning a 60-day countdown for lawmakers to elect a new head of state and sign off on a prime minister and Cabinet. After nightfall, nine key Shiite parliamentarians rushed to an emergency meeting at President Jalal Talabani’s Baghdad home to try to change his mind about forcing a showdown in the deepening political crisis and further inflaming sectarian tensions. Full Story

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