Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi answers questions during a press conference in Washington DC, on June 24, 2011
Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi answers questions during a press conference at the US Department of State in Washington DC, on June 24, 2011. Nujaifi has called for the cabinet to resign and for early elections to be held, as a seven-day wave of violence killed more than 230 people in Iraq. © Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images/AFP/File
Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi answers questions during a press conference in Washington DC, on June 24, 2011
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Last updated: April 29, 2013

Iraqi parliament chief calls for government to resign

Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi called on Monday for the cabinet to resign and for early elections to be held, as a seven-day wave of violence killed more than 230 people in Iraq.

The initiative is aimed at "national reconciliation and maintaining the gains of democracy," as well as "sparing the country from the spectre of civil war and sectarian strife," Nujaifi's office said in a statement.

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