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Iraq Shiite coalition close to nominating prime minister: Deputy Speaker

Published on Aug 11, 2014 10:34 AM

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - A bloc comprising Iraq's biggest Shiite parties is close to nominating a prime minister, the deputy speaker of parliament said on Monday, directly challenging Nuri al-Maliki who has refused to give up his bid for a third term.

Haider al-Abadi's comments in a tweet came after police sources said special forces and Shiite militias loyal to Maliki had been deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad after he made a defiant speech on television suggesting he would not cave in to pressure to drop his bid for another term.

Abadi is one of the people that has been mentioned as a possible successor to Maliki. In his tweet, Abadi said government forces were moving around the capital in anticipation of security breaches.

Maliki accused Iraq's Kurdish President Fouad Masoum of violating the constitution by missing a deadline for him to ask the biggest political bloc to nominate a prime minister and form a government.

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