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Arab League welcomes nomination of new Iraq PM

Representatives of the League of Arab states take part in an emergency meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo August 11, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammad al-Shahed)

CAIRO: Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi Tuesday backed the nomination of new Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi, joining an international chorus of approval for the sidelining of outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Arabi "welcomed Iraqi President Fouad Masoum's tasking of Haider al-Abadi to form a new government," a statement said.

Maliki, whose divisive policies have been blamed for contributing to a Sunni jihadi takeover of swathes of Iraq, has insisted that he is the rightful prime minister.

 

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