The Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance of former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi on Monday formally broke off coalition talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Iraq held a parliamentary election five months ago, but Iraqis are no closer to knowing who their next prime minister will be. Iraq has no new government five months after an election.
A spokeswoman for Iraqiya, Maysoon al-Damluji, said the bloc stopped negotiations -- which have always been tentative -- with Maliki's Shi'ite-led State of Law alliance after he described Allawi's group as Sunni, rather than cross-sectarian.
"We demand that he apologises, not to Iraqiya but to the supporters of Iraqiya who voted for a national project and not a sectarian one," Damluji said.
Maliki's State of Law bloc, which came second in the March 7 parliamentary election, and the third-placed Iraqi National Alliance (INA), announced their merger in June under a new name, National Alliance.
Many politicians have said it could be mid-September or later before a government is formed.
Washington is due to call a "formal stop" to combat operations for Iraq invasion and cut troop strength to 50,000 as of Aug. 31.
ReutersLast Mod: 16 Ağustos 2010, 17:03