Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down to make way for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, voicing support for his successor.

“I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the political process and the formation of the new government [with] the withdrawal of my candidacy in favor of brother Dr. Haider al-Abadi,” Maliki said in an address on state television on Thursday.

Maliki said in the address that his decision to give up the position to Abadi shows his desire to “safeguard the high interests of the country.”

Afak television, the Maliki’s private network, also ran a bulletin saying, “Maliki joins the greatest men of history by giving up posts.”

Read more

Related Articles