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  8/15/2014, Av 19, 5774

Maliki Agrees to Step Down as Iraq's PM

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, announced on Thursday his decision to step down as prime minister and endorse Haider al-Abadi as his successor.

In a televised address, he said his decision was aimed at preserving the country's "unity".  Earlier this week, Iraq’s President Fouad Massoum tasked Abadi with forming a new government, a move Maliki said was a violation of the constitution.