From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Deep divisions are hampering efforts to pick a new president, prime minister and speaker of the house, and the UN has warned of chaos if the political impasse continues.
Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki is facing pressure to step aside – even from influential Shia leaders.
Not all Shia back Maliki and many of his former allies accuse him of alienating the Sunni community.
Al Jazeera‘s Jamal Elshayyal reports from Erbil.