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Former Iraqi PMs Reject Running for Office Again

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Former prime ministers of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki and Haider al-Abadi, both rejected having a plan to run for the office once again as the premiership is vacant now.

With ongoing deadly protests in Iraq and at the request of the country’s Shia religious leadership, Adil Abdul Mahdi stepped down from premiership on Saturday.

Abdai, who now leads Nasr alliance, said in a statement that he has no intention to replace Abdul Mahdi, and that his political faction will stay aside in the process of appointing a new prime minister.

Maliki took a similar position while commenting on the new political developments in Iraq.

Parliament approved Abdul Mahdi’s resignation on Sunday during an extraordinary session. It also asked the president to task the largest parliamentary faction to appoint a new figure to the country’s prime minister office.

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