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Iraqi PM Maliki accuses president of breaching constitution


08-11-2014 11:30 BJT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is showing no signs of leaving office quietly, despite pressure from inside and outside of the country to form a more inclusive government. He says he will not drop his bid for a third term and that the country’s Kurdish president is violating the constitution. 

Al-Maliki’s coalition won the most seats in April elections. He’s accusing the new president Fouad Massoum of neglecting to name a prime minister from Iraq’s largest parliamentary bloc. Speaking on state television Sunday, Al-Maliki warned "bad consequences" will result from Massoum’s actions. Police sources say special forces loyal to Maliki were deployed in key areas of Baghdad on Sunday night. 

After Maliki’s tough speech, the US has vowed its full support to President Fouad Massoum. Washington says the US rejects any effort to use coercion or manipulation in the process of choosing a new Iraqi leader. 

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