BAGHDAD

The Iraqi parliament failed Thursday to hold a vote of confidence for the new government of Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi as a quorum could not be reached.

Information about when the vote will be held was not shared in a statement.

The delay prolongs the political deadlock after Iraq has been rocked by mass protests since October for poor living conditions and high unemployment, forcing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

More than 600 people have been killed and 17,000 injured since protests erupted, according to an Iraqi human rights group.

Sitting premier Adil Abdul-Mahdi announced Nov. 29 his

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