On Saturday, Iraqi President Barham Salih called on the country’s political forces to reach a consensus to end the crisis surrounding the formation of a government.
The Iraqi president said the country is going through a “sensitive situation amid political impasse” casting the country into a “dangerous maze” in a statement.
Since the October 10 parliamentary elections last year, amid differences between political parties, Iraq has been unable to form a government.
The country’s parliament has also failed to elect a new president.
Salih added, “The continuation of the political crisis may drag the country into a dangerous maze in which everyone will lose, and therefore all political forces today have a historic, national and moral responsibility to maintain national unity.”
Should the sides engage in a “serious and effective dialogue” to form “a capable and effective national government that protects the interests of the country,” the Iraqi leader expressed optimism about ending the crisis.