Iraqi President Fouad Massoum appointed the Shiite Haider al-Abadi to form a new government
Iraqi acting Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced his intention to step down and support his successor, Haidar al-Abadi, AFP informs.
„I announce today, before you (…) that I am withdrawing my candidacy in favor of Haidar al-Abadi”, declared Maliki in a televised speech.
„Nuri al-Maliki will withdraw his complaint against the President (Iraqi Fuad Masum) and will support the new designated Prime Minister” declared his spokesman, Ali Musawi.
On Monday, Iraqi President Fuad Masum commissioned the Shiite Haider al-Abadi to form a new government.
Wednesday, al-Maliki said that the decision to appoint al-Abadi as Prime Minister is not valid until the Federal Court’s decision on an appeal that, he says, he filled on Tuesday against commissioning al-Abadi with forming a new government.