Obama lauds new Iraq leaders, despite al-Maliki protest

August 12, 2014 12:01 AM

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Obama lauds new Iraq leaders, despite al-Maliki protest

President Obama praised the designation of a new prime minister in Iraq on Monday, despite the protests of current office occupant Nouri al-Maliki.

"This is an important step towards forming a new government that can unite Iraq's different communities," Obama told reporters, calling for formation of a new Cabinet "as quickly as possible" and pledging U.S. support.

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