Maliki vowed last week to "never give up on" his quest for a third term, despite critics blaming him for steering the Shiite-majority country toward all-out sectarian war. (AFP/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)
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Iran said Sunday that it supported Nouri al-Maliki's bid to stay on as Iraq's premier, but that it was ready to back any other candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament.The Iraqi parliament is to convene Tuesday to elect a speaker, president and prime minister."We will never allow (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's dreams about the disintegration of Iraq and the region to come true," Amir-Abdollahian said Sunday.He added that Iran had warned Iraq's Kurdish leaders against separatism, saying it was "in nobody's interest".
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