Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki steps down

Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki steps down

Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki steps down

Written by Staff Writer

15 Aug, 2014 | 7:24 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents. He resigned on state TV to make way for Haider al-Abadi, who was asked by Iraq’s president to form a government.

Mr Maliki had been under intense pressure to make way for Mr Abadi, a deputy speaker of parliament.An offensive led by Islamic State (IS) rebels in the north has triggered a security and humanitarian crisis.

IS, a Sunni Muslim jihadist group formerly known as Isis, seized a large band of territory across northern Iraq and Syria this summer.The resulting turmoil has driven an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes.

-BBC

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