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Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deployed across Baghdad

Published on Aug 11, 2014 8:08 AM
An Iraqi police officer stands guard during a demonstration in support of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad, on Aug 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) - Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday said he was filing a complaint against the president for violating the constitution and ordered a massive security deployment across Baghdad.

A defiant Maliki made the shock announcement on the third day of US strikes against jihadist militants in the north of Iraq and amid mounting calls for him to step aside.

"Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the president," Maliki said in an address broadcast late at night on Sunday on state television.

He alleged that Iraq's newly-elected president, Kurdish veteran Fuad Masum, had violated the constitution twice, essentially by failing to designate him as the prime minister.

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