Fearing Iraq's downfall, power brokers chose safe bet Abadi




 
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Fearing Iraq's downfall, power brokers chose safe bet Abadi
 
August 13th, 2014  
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Fearing Iraq's downfall, power brokers chose safe bet Abadi
By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step aside had become unbearable. Sunnis, Kurds, fellow Shi'ites, regional power broker Iran and the United States all wanted him out. Maliki calculated he may have one more chance to hold onto power after eight years in office, even though alarmed allies had run out of patience as Islamic State jihadis swept government forces aside in much of western and northern Iraq. Maliki's plan would require persuading Iraq's most influential cleric that he alone could reform and unite a country that had slid back into a civil war fueled by what critics view as his sectarian politics.




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