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Iraq's al-Maliki steps down, backs new prime minister: reports

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday he is giving up his post and endorses Haider al-Abadi who has been appointed for the position, reports from Iraq said.

Al-Maliki, who claimed al-Abadi's appointment as unconstitutional, has been losing support at home and abroad. Al-Maliki's resignation is likely to help the establishment of a national unity government by al-Abadi.

==Kyodo

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140814/iraqs-al-maliki-steps-down-backs-new-prime-minister-re