BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected unconstitutional measures in selecting the next prime minister, and warned that any violation to the constitution would open the "gates of hell" in the country.
"We are determined to adhere to the constitutional entitlement in designating the candidate of the largest parliamentary political bloc, and reject that the process be held out of the constitutional contests," Maliki said during his televised weekly speech.
Maliki, who is under increasing pressure to give up his attempt for a third term in office, said that "violation of the constitutional context would open the gates of hell in Iraq because it confiscates the will of the voters and the political democratic process, as well as opening massive holes for external intervention."
According to the Iraqi constitution, the new-elected President Fuad Masoum has been elected by the Iraqi parliament as the president of the country on July 24.
He will have the deadline of August 8 to ask the bloc with the most lawmakers to nominate a prime minister, who will be responsible for forming a new government.
However, the debate in Iraq currently is which is the largest bloc? As the National Alliance, a Shiite, which has more than 170 seats in the 328-seat parliament, including Maliki's State of the Law, announced earlier that it is the largest bloc, but Maliki later said that his bloc which won 95 seats in April 30 national elections is the largest bloc as long as it is the largest bloc in the National Alliance.
The State of Law insists to nominate Maliki as its only candidate for the PM post, but the Alliance see that the performance of Maliki's government brought the country to the brink of civil war and that the country is likely to split apart under Maliki's third term.
The alliance see that the next PM must be accepted by the others political partners from the Kurds and Sunnis.
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