Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki digs in as President nominates new Prime Minister

August 11, 2014 10:20 PM

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Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki digs in as President nominates new Prime Minister

Irbil, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi President Fuad Masum nominated a new Prime Minister on Monday, further complicating the country's intense power struggle amid a dire humanitarian crisis and a militant threat strong enough to draw U.S. air power back to the fray.

In a ceremony attended by key members of the main Shiite bloc in Parliament, Masum nominated Haider al-Abadi to succeed a defiant Nuri al-Maliki, who had earlier vowed to hang on to power.

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