Kerry Urges Political Reform In IraqPlay
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the fate of Iraq may be decided over the next week and is largely dependent on whether its leaders meet a deadline for starting to build a new government.
Kerry on Monday met with top officials from Iraq's bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political coalitions during a quick trip to Baghdad.
He said each of the Iraqi officials - including Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - committed to seat the new parliament by July 1 as the constitution requires.
Iraq's leaders have in the past delayed decisions on how to divide power.
Al-Maliki is facing growing calls for his resignation as disgruntled Sunnis say they do not believe he will give them a greater voice in the government.
NPR's Michele Keleman discusses the latest with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson.
- Michele Keleman, diplomatic correspondent for NPR. She tweets @michelekelemen.
This segment aired on June 23, 2014.