Allawi bloc refuses to be part of government under Maliki
Iraqia List led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced on Monday it would not participate in any new Iraqi government headed by current Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki. Haider Mulla, the spokesperson of the List, which won 91 seats in March 7's elections, denied in Baghdad reports there were differences between its leaders on issues related to the formation of the new Iraqi government. "Talking about the existence of differences between the leaders of the Iraqi National List are baseless as the List is fully committed to the nomination of Iyad Allawi as prime minister. "
These statements come as press reports speak about a planned visit by U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to Iraq for talks with Iraqi political leaders on the ways to accelerate the formation of the Iraqi government and end the crisis that has engulfed Iraq for the past five months due to the failure of agreeing on the next prime minister.