Iraq parliament fails to convene for vote on state of emergency

by Reuters
Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:15 GMT

BAGHDAD, June 12 (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament failed to reach a quorum on Thursday for a vote on declaring a nationwide state of emergency as Sunni insurgents advanced on Baghdad.

Most of those boycotting parliament were from Iraq's Sunni and Kurdish factions, who oppose giving extraordinary powers to Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (Reporting by Baghdad Bureau; Writing by Isabel Coles: editing by John Stonestreet)