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Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM



By SAMEER N. YACOUB & VIVIAN SALAMA

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.

In a televised address Fouad Massoum gave Haider al-Ibadi 30 days to form a new government and present it to parliament for approval, expressing his hope he would succeed.

Al-Ibadi, who pledged to form a government to "protect the Iraqi people," was nominated for the post by the Iraqi National Alliance, a coalition of Shiite parties that al-Maliki's State of Law is part of, but has turned against him.

Iraq's President Taps Al-Abadi to Be New Prime Minister

Al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated bloc won the most parliament seats in April elections and the prime minister sees himself as rightfully keeping the post. In a midnight speech, al-Maliki said he was filing a suit against the president for neglecting to name him prime minister by Sunday's deadline and all but demanded he be renominated.

Critics say al-Maliki, a Shiite, contributed to the crisis by monopolizing power and pursuing a sectarian agenda that alienated the country's Sunni and Kurdish minorities.

Al-Ibadi's nomination came hours after al-Maliki deployed his elite security forces in the streets of Baghdad, partially closed two main streets - popular spots for pro and anti-government rallies - as hundreds of his supporters took to the streets.

"We are with you, al-Maliki," they shouted, waving posters of the incumbent premier, singing and dancing.

Mohammed al-Ogeili, a lawmaker from al-Maliki's list, rejected the nomination of al-Ibadi arguing that this move "runs against the constitution" because al-Maliki's party is the largest bloc and the National Alliance has no right to present any candidate.

"This decision would lead the country to a big problem and the president bears full responsibility for this situation," he told The Associated Press.

Also Monday, senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration, which launched airdrops and airstrikes last week to support Kurdish and Iraqi forces battling militants from the Islamic State group, has begun directly providing weapons to the Kurdish peshmerga forces who have started to make gains against the al-Qaida breakaway group.

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dannydmc August 11 2014 at 2:05 PM

So the Iraqi president is staging a coup against the constitution? Sounds exactly like what the US president is doing as well

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Randy1953 August 11 2014 at 1:50 PM

His failure to include the Kurds in power sharing has caused this invasion by ISIS . It's obvious he cares more about power than helping his own people !

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crowland503 August 11 2014 at 2:00 PM

I agree that Sudan should have stayed in power, but I blame Barack Obama for the current situation. This weak, inept, corrupt POTUS not only failed at both the foreign and domestic affairs, but he should have never sat in the Office. The best that he can hope for is to have his administration and legacy written as a footnote at the back of the history book.

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Anne August 11 2014 at 1:58 PM

Everythiing is messed up over there. They should have left Saddam Hussein in power; just like Bush #1 and Clinton did. Saddam did keep things in check. Now, the balance of power is messed up all over the middle east. Everyone wants to take out their president, coups rising up everywhere, and they want us to help them take out their presidents. The new leaders are 10 times worse than the old. We should never have killed Saddam Hussien.

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Joe August 11 2014 at 1:48 PM

Al-Maliki has lost his own parties favor because of corruption and failure to stop the invasion from ISIL.

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kayo1025 Joe August 11 2014 at 3:29 PM

I'm pretty sure he supported it. He's been trying to get a 3rd term as PM for quite some time, and pulled all kinds of stunts that didn't seem to work. It's time for that thief to go!

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Houmpheng Phonsavath Joe August 11 2014 at 3:48 PM

ISIS are created by the U.S,Saudi Arabia (Sunnis),etc to over throw Shias government all across the Middle East countries,etc that doesn't follow American wishes.

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ram4131 August 11 2014 at 1:55 PM

Without putting religious divisions aside, eliminating radical terrorists, and concentrating on stabilizing their country as a whole, this is just pissing into the wind.

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ganderrrr August 11 2014 at 1:50 PM

Thank you, George W Bush, for establishing the Islamic Republic of Iraq with a constitution skewed toward absolute Shia power and corruption -- guaranteeing that the very large Sunni minority will never be able to support Malaki or the Iraq nation and will never oppose the ISIS crazies.

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ajp571 August 11 2014 at 2:47 PM

Thank you Mr. President for helping the Kurds bomb ISIS into submission. Thank you for being a humanitarian helping those on the mountain. God Bless You.

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rjollierroger August 11 2014 at 2:17 PM

Remember when we did not have to worry about what was going on in Iraq. Yes they had a tyrant, but he kept things under his control. Remember what GWB's top general told him? If you occupy Iraq, and break it, then IT IS YOUR,S.

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johnria August 11 2014 at 4:22 PM

Why again did we execute Saddam Hussein. Oh, I forgot. It was to bring stability to Iraq. Good job. The people of Iraq are falling all over each other to pay homage to the US. What they had under Hussein sure beats what hey have now.

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donpantanella johnria August 11 2014 at 4:42 PM

During the execution of Saddam Hussein there was only one real man in the room and his name was Saddam.

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