Iraq is moving to break the deadlock over the formation of a government. The Shi’ite Alliance says it is to hold an internal vote to find a Prime Minister. Ibrahim al Jafaari has up until now shunned the idea of stepping down as the Alliance’s candidate by agreeing to the ballot he may be forced to do just that. Kurd and Sunni groups oppose Jafaari’s nomination.
The stalemate has left Iraq without a government four months after parliamentary elections. Any new administration will have its work cut out trying to stabalise the country. In a further sign of the sectarian violence racking Iraq – hundreds of Baghdad residents held a funeral for two murdered Shi’ite clerics. The men were kidnapped on Tuesday and their dead bodies later found handcuffed and blindfolded.