Iraqi president names Haider al-Abadi as new prime minister but al-Maliki remains defiant

August 11, 2014 4:23 PM

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Iraqi president names Haider al-Abadi as new prime minister but al-Maliki remains defiant

Baghdad: Iraq’s president named prominent Shiite politician Haider al-Abadi as the country’s new prime minister on Monday, dislodging incumbent Nouri al-Maliki after eight years in office despite a show of force as he clung to power.

President Fouad Massoum called on Abadi, a member of Maliki’s ruling party and currently the deputy speaker of parliament, to form a new government.

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