Iraq's al-Maliki agrees to step aside
He endorses al-Abadi for premiership; U.S. welcomes move
Posted: August 15, 2014 at 3:16 a.m.
Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, relinquished the post to his nominated replacement late Thursday, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency.
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