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Maliki's own party backs his replacement as Iraq's PM

Published on Aug 14, 2014 5:07 AM
A file picture taken on June 23, 2014 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki looking on during a meeting with the US Secretary of State at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad. Mr Maliki has refused to stand aside to allow his replacement to form a new government. -- PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - The Dawa Party of Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday called on Iraqi politicians to work with his replacement as prime minister, Mr Haider al-Abadi, to form a new government.

In a statement, the Dawa Party said it "called on political blocs to cooperate with the constitutionally designated prime minister, Mr Abadi, and accelerate the formation of a government in the defined time period."

Mr Maliki has refused to stand aside.

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