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US stresses support for Iraq president

Published on Aug 11, 2014 7:52 AM
 
The United States threw its weight behind Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Sunday after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum, as security forces massed in the capital. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States threw its weight behind Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Sunday after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on state television he would be filing a complaint against Masum, as security forces massed in the capital.

"Fully support President of #Iraq Fuad Masum as guarantor of the Constitution and a PM nominee who can build a national consensus," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Brett McGurk on Twitter.

Maliki, who has been under huge pressure to give up his bid for a third term, announced his plans to file a complaint in a surprise address on Sunday night, alleging newly-elected Masum had violated the constitution twice, including by failing to task a prime minister-designate with forming a new government.

Meanwhile, security sources on Monday said Iraqi police, army and counter-terrorism forces were deployed in unusually high numbers across strategic locations in Baghdad overnight.

 
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