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Iraq president asks deputy house speaker to form new government

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Iraq's president has asked the deputy speaker of parliament, Haider al-Abadi, to form a new government.



Abadi has been nominated as prime minister by Shia parties, instead of the incumbent Nouri Maliki.



However, Maliki has made it clear he wants to stand for a third term, and pro-Maliki security forces took key sites in Baghdad overnight.



Meanwhile, the jihadist insurgency in the north of Iraq continues to cause international concern.



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