Former Iraq parliament speaker to step aside

July 4, 2014 9:18 AM

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Former Iraq parliament speaker to step aside

BAGHDAD: Former Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, a major political foe of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said that he would not nominate himself for another term to make it easier for the Shiite political parties to replace the premier.

"I appreciate the demands of the brothers in the National Alliance who see that Maliki will insist on holding on to the premiership if I nominate myself for speaker of the Council of the Representatives," he said, according to a text of the speech published on his Facebook page late Thursday.

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