Iraqi Prime Minister Steps Down

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_f0ac1f09e2.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced on Thursday that he would step down from his position and allow new Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi to take over the position. In a statement, National Security Adviser Susan Rice called the move "another major step forward in uniting" Iraq.

The White House praised Maliki for his decision to join a range of leaders in supporting al-Abadi's selection as the next prime minister. Much work remains, the White House said, as al-Abadi attempts to build an inclusive government with "an agenda that can address the needs and legitimate aspirations of the Iraqi people."

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