Maliki Replaced, But Says He Isn’t Leaving
If the leader of any other country had been in charge with the king of chaos we are now seeing in Iraq, they would have been gone a long time ago. Nouri al-Maliki has been forced out, but so far says he has the right to continue as Prime Minister.
Maliki had appeared to be clinging to his post, but he was abandoned by party allies and sidelined by religious and regional backers who no longer believe he can save the crumbling state.
His defiance sets the scene for yet another volatile period in Iraqi politics at a time when the Islamic State (Isis) jihadist group continues to rampage through the country, fast diminishing the authority of the central government. It also adds more uncertainty to a pivotal period in the modern history of the region, with the unitary borders of Iraq and its neighbours under mounting pressure to hold together.
Iraqi president, Fouad Massoum, selected Haider al-Abadi, to replace Maliki.
The powerful Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, whose movement controls dozens of seats in parliament, expressed his support for Abadi’s nomination, describing it as the “first sign” the country was headed back to safety. “I think that this nomination will be an important start in order to end the crisis that the people are undergoing such as security and service problems,” he said in a statement.
Under Iraq’s constitution Maliki remains prime minister for the next 30 days, until a new cabinet is formed. His son-in-law, Hussein al-Maliki, said Maliki would seek to overturn Abadi’s nomination in the courts. “We will not stay silent. The nomination is illegal and a breach of the constitution. We will go to the federal court to object,” he told Reuters.