Move to form government in Iraq welcomed by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed what he has described as "the forward movement toward government formation in Iraq."

This follows reports that Iraqi President Fuad Massoum on Monday asked Deputy Speaker of parliament Haider al-Abadi to form a new government.

Iraq has been embroiled in a political crisis as the incumbent Prime Minister insists on seeking a third term.

The country is also is facing an insurgency by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which has forced thousands of people mainly from minority communities to flee their homes.

Stéphane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

 "The Secretary-General welcomes the forward movement towards government formation in Iraq. He also commends Iraqi President Fuad Massoum for having charged Dr. Haider al-Abbadi, in accordance with the the Iraqi Constitution, with the formation of a new government. He encourages Dr. al-Abbadi, Prime Minister-designate, to form a broad-based government acceptable to all components of Iraqi society, in accordance with the constitutional time-frame. The Secretary-General is concerned that heightened political tensions coupled with the current security threat of "Islamic State" (IS) could lead the country into even deeper crisis. (35")

The Secretary-General has strongly urged all political parties and their supporters to remain calm and respect the political process governed by the Constitution.

The people of Iraq, Mr. Ban stressed, deserve to live in a safe, prosperous and stable country that all groups, including religious and ethnic minorities can meaningfully contribute to and feel as their own.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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