2 Nearly 10 months on from elections, the oil-rich country still has no government and no new prime minister or president.
4 “Leaders must prioritise (the) national interest,” it said.
5 On Wednesday, followers of powerful Shiite Muslim preacher and political kingmaker Moqtada Sadr continued a mass sit-in at parliament for a fifth day.
9 “Meaningful dialogue among all Iraqi parties is now more urgent than ever, as recent events have demonstrated the rapid risk of escalation in this tense political climate,” the UN mission warned.
10 On Tuesday, a top Sadrist official gave followers 72 hours to shift their protests from the main meeting halls of parliament to the entrance of the building and a surrounding encampment.
11 “Iraq is facing an extensive list of outstanding domestic issues: it is in desperate need of economic reform, effective public service delivery as well as a federal budget — to name a few,” the UN added.
12 “Hence, it is past time for political stakeholders to assume their responsibilities and act in the national interest.
Iraq is the second largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and derives 90 percent of federal revenue from oil.
14 But it has still not adopted its budget for 2022.
In June, parliament passed an emergency finance bill, to ensure gas supplies and buy grain for “food security”.