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Iraq parliament adjourns as Sunnis, Kurds walk out

The first session of Iraq's new parliament has been adjourned after Sunnis and Kurds walked out in protest. They are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The session was convened on Tuesday as Sunni extremists continued their onslaught. The parliament is under pressure to form a national unity government.

At the start of the session, the acting parliamentary speaker called for unity among all sectarian and ethnic groups. He said security and stability have to be regained all over Iraq.

But the session only lasted for about one-and-a-half hours because of the walkouts. The speaker said it will resume in one week.
Maliki is set to seek another term. A political bloc led by the prime minister won the largest number of seats in April's parliamentary elections.

Sunnis and Kurds are calling on Maliki to step down. They blame him for inviting sectarian confrontations and allowing extremists to launch their offensives.

Sunni militants recently declared an "Islamic state" after seizing control of the northern city of Mosul and other areas.

Jul. 1, 2014 - Updated 23:03 UTC