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Defiant Maliki criticises decision to name new Iraqi PM

Iraqis gather to support Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad, August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

BAGHDAD: Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday the president's decision to name a replacement for him as prime minister was a "dangerous violation" of the constitution.

Delivering a speech broadcast on television and flanked by political allies promised "we will fix the mistake".

He told the army and security forces they were engaged in a sacred battle against Islamic State Sunni militants, who have again swept through the north.

 

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