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Iraq's PM refuses to step down and deploys troops around Baghdad


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Iraq's PM refuses to step down and deploys troops around Baghdad

Forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri-al-Maliki have appeared in the capital Baghdad as he refused to drop his bid for a third term amid a jihadist insurgency in the north.

In a televised address caretaker premier Maliki criticised Iraq’s president for not asking him to form a government despite his coalition winning most seats in April’s parliamentary elections.

“Today, I will file a legal complaint to the Federal Court against the president of the republic for committing a clear constitutional violation for the sake of political goals and preferring narrow interests over the interests of the Iraqi people.”

Maliki has his supporters but he has also been criticised by Sunnis, Kurds and the West for not forming a more inclusive government amid the country’s worst crisis since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Iraq’s president has refused to intervene.

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