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Iraq’s Maliki tells army to keep out of politics



BAGHDAD — Iraq’s incumbent prime minister today ordered the security forces not to intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, amid fears that he could go to any lengths to keep power in the face of his increasing isolation
After ordering his elite troops into the street Monday, Nouri al-Maliki today urged army and security forces to stay out of the political crisis and focus on defending the country, which is under attack by Sunni militants in the north.
Al-Maliki’s job is in danger after Iraqi President Fouad Massoum named the deputy speaker of parliament, Haider al-Abadi from al-Maliki’s own party, to form a new government — a move the incumbent has angrily rejected.
Yet al-Maliki appeared even more isolated as Iraqi politicians, the international community and even Shiite powerhouse Iran rallied behind the new premier-designate as a badly needed unifying figure in the face of a spreading Sunni insurgency.





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