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Iraq political bloc picks P.M. aside from al-Maliki

- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of Iraq's National Shiite Alliance says it has chosen an alternate nominee for prime minister instead of incumbent Nouri al-Maliki.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Monday in a statement that the alliance of Shiite political parties has agreed to nominate Haider al-Ibadi to replace al-Maliki and to form a new government to unify the country against the growing threat of radical militants.

Al-Maliki has insisted that his party, State of Law, which is part of the alliance, should select the nominee.

Al-Maliki delivered a surprise speech in the early hours of the morning accused the country's new President Fouad Massoum of blocking his reappointment as prime minister.

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