UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday commended the decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to give up his candidature and support his rival Haider al-Abadi as nominee to succeed him.
"The secretary-general commends the decision of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to withdraw his candidature and his pledge to support Mr. Haider al-Abadi as nominee to succeed him," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.
"This will allow the crucial process to form a new government to proceed swiftly and within the time frame provided for in the Constitution," the statement said.
Al-Maliki withdrew his nomination for a third term in office, and backed the nomination of al-Abadi for the post of prime minister, Maliki said Thursday.
Ban "acknowledges Mr. al-Maliki's decision as a demonstration of his commitment to the orderly transfer of power in the best interest of the country," the statement said.
"The secretary-general urges all political leaders in Iraq to build on this historic opportunity by redoubling their efforts to work together so as to build consensus on how to address the many urgent and grave challenges facing their country," it said.
"He looks forward to the swift formation of an inclusive, broad-based government ready to immediately tackle these pressing issues," said in the statement.
Al-Maliki made his decision after a meeting with al-Abadi mediated by the country's Vice President Khudhair al-Khuzaie and former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who is also a leading figure in the powerful Iraqi National Alliance, a major Shiite bloc, media reported.
Al-Maliki has been under growing pressure to give up his effort to stay on as the head of government, as the political blocs prefer a new prime minister that is acceptable to the Kurds and Sunnis. The United States and the regional power Iran have also urged him to step aside and vowed their support for al-Abadi.
BAGHDAD, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki withdrew his nomination for a third term in office, and backed the nomination of Hader al-Abadi for the post of prime minister, Maliki said late on Thursday.
"I announce the withdrawal of my nomination (for the post) to Abadi, to preserve for the high interests of the country, and will stay a soldier fighting for the sake of Iraq and its people," Maliki said in a televised speech with Abadi beside him and a number of Maliki's Dawa Party members.Full Story
BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered security forces not to intervene in the political crisis over who will form the next government.
"I want you to stay away from the political crisis and to carry out your security duties to protect the country. Do not intervene and let the people, politicians and the judiciary to deal with the crisis," Maliki said during his meeting with a group of senior officers from the army, police and other security forces in Baghdad.Full Story