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Iraq premier warns of more turmoil if replaced

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 13, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.


Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and display placards bearing a picture of embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Al-Maliki is taking his struggle to keep his job to the courts after announcing he will file a legal complaint on Monday against the country's newly elected president. President Barack Obama warned Americans on Saturday that the new campaign to bring security in Iraq requires military and political changes and "is going to be a long-term project." (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday that he will not relinquish power until a federal court rules on what he called a "constitutional violation" by the president to replace him with a member of his own party.

The premier has grown increasingly isolated, with Iraqi politicians and much of the international community lining up behind Haider al-Abadi, a fellow member of his Shiite Dawa party tasked by the president with forming a new government that can unite the country in the face of an onslaught by Sunni militants.

"Holding on [to the premiership] is an ethical and patriotic duty to defend the rights of voters," he said in his weekly televised address to the nation. "The insistence on this until the end is to protect the state."

Al-Maliki on Monday vowed legal action against President Fouad Massoum for carrying out "a coup" against the constitution.

Read Thursday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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KCSAP says... August 13, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.

Oh BTW, were at about 1000 US troops on the ground, they must all be wearing tennis shoes, because Obama said no boots on the ground. More lies.

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