Iraq's National Assembly is set to hold its first meeting on March 16th as lawmakers press on with negotiations to form a new government. Iraq's three main political parties have so far failed to form a ruling coalition and agree on who will be prime minister. Some Iraqis have expressed frustration that the assembly has not taken on governance of the country five weeks after Iraq's elections. Iraqi officials say the lawmakers will convene, even if they do not agree on a new government. The March 16th date for the session marks the anniversary of the 1988 chemical weapons attack by former president Saddam Hussein's forces on the Kurdish town of Halabja that killed 5,000 people.