Lawmakers from the Iraqi city of lrbil speak to the media in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Iran believes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is no longer able to hold his country together and is looking for an alternative leader to combat a Sunni Islamist insurgency, senior Iranian officials said Tuesday.One Iranian official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Tehran was working with Iraqi factions to seek a replacement for Maliki, but there were few viable alternatives.Political allies said Maliki, seen as an authoritarian figure whose sectarian agenda has destabilized Iraq, had no intention of stepping aside despite mounting pressure from Sunnis, Kurds, some fellow Shiites and now Iran.A senior Iranian security official said Tehran was far more concerned with stabilizing Iraq than with standing by Maliki, whom it supported.An Iraqi minister said several names have been floated, including National Alliance chief Ibrahim Jaafari, who was Maliki's predecessor and is seen as more moderate, and Ahmad Chalabi, whose false assertions about weapons of mass destruction encouraged the Bush administration to invade Iraq, is another contender, political sources say.
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