The Iraqi prime minister has said he will not bow to international pressure on forming a national unity government to tackle the Sunni rebellion in the north, calling the idea a "coup" against the constitution.
Nouri al-Maliki's statement on Wednesday came a day after the US secretary of state, John Kerry, left Iraq after pushing for an agreement between Kurdish, Sunni and Shia leaders.
In his weekly televised address, Maliki said: "The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process.
"It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters."
The speech came a day after US military advisers arrived in Baghdad. The US says Iraqi politicians must create a unity government before it sends futher help.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said Maliki's comments would be seen as direct rebuttal to the US insistence of a unity deal before more help is sent.
Maliki's electoral bloc won by far the most seats in April 30 parliamentary elections with 92, nearly three times as many as the next biggest party, and the incumbent himself tallied 720,000 personal votes, also far and away the most.
Also on Wednesday, Iraqi State TV broadcasted video claiming to show Iraqi troops in control of the oil refinery at Baiji, amid contesting claims as to who was in control there.
The footage, shot by a journalist sympathetic to the government, shows an army helicoper briefly landing at the site before leaving.
Khan said that the video, which the government said was shot on Tuesday, seemed to suggest Iraqi troops were in control of at least part of the refinery.
The Iraqi government would have been hesitant to send a journalist to the area if it wasn't confident it was clear of rebels, Khan said.