Iraqi prime minister said Thursday his rivals, who narrowly won the tth March election, were wasting their time trying to form a new government. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused the winning Iraqiya list headed by ex-Premier Eyad Allawi of delaying the political process.
"I say to our brothers in Iraqiya list: you are wasting your time and delaying the political process," al-Maliki told the independent daily Al-Mada.
Iraqiya won 91 of 325 seats in parliament over 89 for al-Maliki's bloc.
Meanwhile, in the northern city of Mosul, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at a police checkpoint on Thursday, killing one policeman and wounding 12 people, police and morgue officials said.