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Iraq’s al-Maliki signals intent to stay in his job



Published: Sat, July 5, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

BAGHDAD

Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki vowed Friday not to abandon his bid for another term as prime minister and pledged to stay on until the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country are defeated.

The sharp words are certain to prolong the political impasse gripping Iraq, which is facing urgent demands for a new government that can hold the nation together in the face of an onslaught that threatens to cleave it in three along ethnic and sectarian lines.

The offensive by militants who have swept across much of northern and western Iraq since last month has been fueled in part by grievances among the country’s Sunni Muslim minority with al-Maliki and his Shiite-led government.

Al-Maliki, a Shiite who has been prime minister since 2006, has been accused by former allies and others of monopolizing power and contributing to the crisis by failing to promote reconciliation with Sunnis.

The U.S. has urged the formation of a more inclusive government but has not explicitly called for al-Maliki to bow out.

In what has been seen as a rebuke of al-Maliki, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has pressed lawmakers to form a new government that can confront the militant threat and unite the country.


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1JoMarko(54 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Please, please please please, please stay, snicker!

"I cannot answer on behalf of the U.S. administration but I can tell you that from our side our forces will be ready by June 2007,"

-Prime Minister Nuri-al-malarkey November 2006

Stay-ay (ohhhhh) just a little bit longer
Please please please please please tell me that you're gonna
Now you're daddy don't mind, and you're mommy don't mind
If we have another dance dear, just one more, one more time

-Four Seasons

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