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Iraqi prime minister voices dismay for failure of forming new government

BAGHDAD, Oct 6 (KUNA) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi on Thursday said it unacceptable that the process of forming a new government has dragged on for a very long time without results.
The political stalemate must be tackled for sake of building a state and its institutions, said the prime minister on margins of a ceremony laying the corner stone for the Jordan-Iraq power grid enterprise.
A solution lies in resorting to the negotiating table and brushing aside the disagreements, he said, noting that core of the issue is lack of confidence among the local stakeholders.
Iraq is in dire need for a government and a state budget, he stressed urging all the concerned parties to shoulder the responsibility, fully, in this respect.
Forming a new cabinet should have happened a year ago when parliamentary polls were held. However, political bickering has undermined efforts to form a new council for the executive authority. (end) ahh.rk