Iraq’s al-Maliki steps down, announcing support to new PM

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Former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki. File photo

ARA News 

Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, announced on Thursday evening his official resignation from position, declaring his support to new PM Haidar al-Abadi.

Al-Mliki’s resignation came after regional and international pressures, especially by U.S. and Iranian ally.

 I will be the facilitator and assistant for those who are standing against division of Iraq. I ask the ISF to stay where they are and defend Iraq,” al-Maliki said in the speech of stepping down on Thursday. 

 

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