Nuri al-Maliki withdraws candidacy for a third term as Iraqi PM
August 15 , 2014
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki withdrew his candidature for a third term as the head of his beleaguered country. He endorsed the Prime Minister-designate, Haider al-Abidi, in a televised address on Iraqi state television.
Nuri al-Maliki had faced increasing pressure both within Iraq and internationally to step down from his post. He has been accused of not doing enough to bridge the sectarian differences that have torn apart the Iraqi nation.
The news of Nuri al-Maliki’s resignation comes at a time when large parts of Iraq have come under the influence of the Sunni forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mr al-Maliki will continue as caretaker Prime Minister and military head of Iraq till Haider al-Abadi constitutes a new government.
Nuri al-Maliki’s decision has been welcomed as an “honorable decision” by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, who called upon Haider al-Abadi to form the new government soon.