Abadi: Maliki will play role in Iraq's new government

Published August 13th, 2014 - 04:00 GMT

Iraq's prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi says the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki “will remain a fundamental partner in the Iraqi political process.”

Al-Abadi said on his Facebook page on Tuesday that al- Maliki is essential for confronting terrorism. Al-Abadi also called for an "open-minded" approach for developing a "shared national vision to overcome the crisis.”

This is while Maliki has also ordered Iraq's security forces to fulfil their duties in defending the country against the ISIL militancy.

Iraq is in political turmoil over who will form the next government. On Monday, President Fouad Masoum asked deputy parliament speaker Haider al-Abadi to form a new government. Al-Abadi was picked by Iraq’s bloc of Shia parties, the National Alliance.

However, Maliki’s Dawa Party has rejected the nomination. It says the State of Law Coalition holds the majority of seats in parliament and only accepts Maliki as the nominee for the premier post.

Under a de facto agreement among communities in Iraq, the prime minister is a Shia Arab, the president a Kurd, and the parliament speaker a Sunni Arab.

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