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Iraq Shiite bloc names alternative PM candidate

Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and wave national flags in a show of support for embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq August 11, 2014. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD: Iraq's National Alliance parliamentary bloc has chosen Haidar al-Abadi as its nominee for prime minister in place of incumbent Nouri al-Maliki, sources in parliament told AFP Monday.

"The National Alliance has named Haidar al-Abadi as its candidate for prime minister," a lawmaker said. Several other sources in parliament confirmed the decision.

 

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