Iraq president asks deputy house speaker to form new government
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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