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Iraq's Maliki Steps Aside, Backs New PM Nominee

Embattled two-term Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he is stepping aside and will support his nominated replacement. Maliki -- under enormous international pressure to step down -- announced his decision late Thursday in a nationally televised address. He pledged his full support for nominee Haider al-Abadi. "I can say to you, the honorable Iraqi people, that I do not want any post, but my great post is your confidence in me and today I declare in front of you that in...

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