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Kerry warns Iraq's Maliki not to cause trouble

Published on Aug 11, 2014 4:23 PM
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the latter's office in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Fuad Masum to help fight Islamic militants. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Fuad Masum to help fight Islamic militants.

His comments came as Iraq's federal court ruled Mr Maliki's bloc is biggest in parliament, meaning he could stay on as prime minister, state television reported, as troops and police massed in the capital Baghdad.

Mr Maliki had announced on Sunday on state television he would be filing a complaint against Mr Masum, alleging that Mr Masum, a Kurdish politician, had twice violated the constitution, including by failing to task a prime minister-designate with forming a new government.

Mr Masum's election on Thursday is another step towards forming a government which could see the embattled Mr Maliki replaced as prime minister, even though his party won the largest bloc in April parliamentary elections.

 
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