March 12, 2006 - Posted at 12:57 p.m. CST
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraqi leaders say the new parliament will
convene earlier because of continuing violence.
The first session of the new parliament will be held on
Thursday, three days earlier than planned.
The announcement was made by Iraq's Kurdish president and a
Shiite leader after a 90-minute meeting with the U-S ambassador.
The Iraqi leaders also say that meetings will continue in an
effort to overcome the deadlock over forming a new government.
The U-S ambassador says a permanent government needs to be in
place quickly because of the continuing violence.