U.S., Iran keep Iraqi PM in place as he challenges ruling elite




 
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U.S., Iran keep Iraqi PM in place as he challenges ruling elite
 
April 6th, 2016  
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U.S., Iran keep Iraqi PM in place as he challenges ruling elite
By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States and Iran have formed an unlikely tacit alliance behind Iraq's prime minister as he challenges the ruling elite with plans for a non-political cabinet to fight corruption undermining the OPEC nation's economic and political stability. Local calls for Haider al-Abadi's removal -- including one by his predecessor as prime minister Nuri al-Maliki -- had been growing as he pursued a reshuffle aimed at addressing graft, which became a major issue after oil prices collapsed in 2014 and strained the government's finances as it launched a costly campaign against Islamic State. Sources familiar with the matter said U.S. and Iranian efforts helped stave off an attempt last week to unseat Abadi by Maliki, the head of the Shi'ite Dawa party who controls nearly a third of the seats in parliament.




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