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Cleric wants new Iraq leader soon

Top Shiite pushes for a pick before parliament sits Monday

Posted: June 28, 2014 at 3:13 a.m.

The United States’ envoy to Saudi Arabia, Joseph Westehal (left), walks with Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal after Kerry’s arrival Friday in Jeddah. Kerry hopes to enlist the Saudi monarch in helping to form a new Iraqi government.

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Friday urged the country’s divided political factions to select a new prime minister by early next week, in a public call for a political solution that increases pressure on Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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