Grand Ayatollah Sistani
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Iraq crisis: Top Shia cleric urges quick PM appointment

27 June 2014 Last updated at 21:54 BST

Iraq's most influential Shia cleric has called for a prime minister to be appointed before Tuesday to try to defuse the country's political crisis.

Grand Ayatollah Sistani said that key positions should be agreed before the new parliament meets. Pressure has been building both inside and outside Iraq for a national unity government to be formed.

Jim Muir reports from northern Iraq.