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A leading Shiite political bloc has rejected Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's nomination for another term. The group is also suspending talks with his coalition until a new candidate is nominated.
The Iraqi National Alliance, told Xinhua News Agency that it considers Maliki's insistence on a second term as the main obstacle to forming a new government.
But, on the other hand, Maliki's Dawa Party is criticizing the group's new stance, saying it's "violated the internal mechanism of the National Alliance as the problems between Alliance parties should be resolved internally not through media statements."
In May, the country's two major Shiite blocs, merged to form the National Alliance. With 159 seats, the coalition became the largest in Parliament, and gained a greater chance to form Iraq's new government.