Reports from Iraq suggest rival parties may have reached a deal in which Nuri al-Maliki will be reappointed prime minister.
The country has been without a new government since an inconclusive election in March.
Former premier Iyad Allawi’s Sunni-backed bloc won most seats but not an outright majority. However, since the poll, Maliki’s faction has combined with other Shi’ite groups and reached accords with minority Kurds.
There is confusion over the latest reports of a deal amid some denials that any new power-sharing arrangement has been reached.
Iraq’s parliament has sat only once, briefly, since the election.