Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, greets lawmakers at the first session of the newly elected parliament in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Former Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, a major political foe of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said that he would not nominate himself for another term to make it easier for the Shiite political parties to replace the premier.The National Alliance is a bloc comprising the country's biggest Shiite parties, including both Maliki's list and his foes.Under the governing system put in place after the United States toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, the prime minister is usually a Shiite, while parliament's speaker is a Sunni and the largely ceremonial role of president goes to a Kurd.
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