Iraq's Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians have again rejected the nomination of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to keep his post in the country's next government.
Their decision came after Iraq's Shi'ite alliance established a committee to see if it would be possible to convince the other factions to back Mr. Jaafari.
The Shi'ites are the largest bloc in parliament, but they need Sunni and Kurdish votes to secure a majority and form a government.
Shi'ite leaders are meeting again Monday to decide how to proceed. They have been trying to form a government for almost four months.
But differences over Mr. Jaafari caused delays. Kurdish and Sunni Arab leaders say Mr. Jaafari has not done enough to ease sectarian violence in Iraq.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.