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Maliki's bloc says Abadi has no legitimacy

English.news.cn   2014-08-12 01:37:36

BAGHDAD, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The politicians allied to outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday rejected the new Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, saying that he is not representing them and has no legitimacy..

"Haidar al-Abadi is only representing himself and does not represent the State of the Law Coalition," Khalaf Abdul Samad, a member of Maliki's Dawa Party, read a statement.

"We reserve our right to file a lawsuit against whoever violated the constitution," Samad said with presence of a group of Maliki Dawa politicians, including Maliki himself.

Earlier, the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum asked Haidar al-Abadi, deputy speaker of the Parliament and a member of Dawa Party, to form the next government.

The state-run Iraqiya channel showed Masoum signing the letter, granting Abadi, the Shiite coalition's nominee for prime minister, the power to form the next government.

Maliki has been under growing pressure to give up his attempt for a third term, as the National Alliance, a Shiite bloc, which includes Maliki's State of the Law, sees that the next prime minister must be accepted by all political factions, including the Shiites, the Kurds and Sunnis.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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