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UN Iraq envoy warns of 'chaos' without govt progress

UN special envoy to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov Credit: Reuters

The UN special envoy to Iraq has said the country could plunge into chaos if its divided parliament fails to move forward on forming a government in its next session set for Sunday. Nickolay Mladenov called on all lawmakers to attend the session.

Lack of progress on choosing the top three government posts - president, prime minister, and speaker - "will only serve the interests of those who seek to divide the people of Iraq and destroy their chances for peace and prosperity," he said in a statement.