Maliki orders Iraq's security forces to stay out of political crisis over next govt

Baghdad: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki today ordered Iraq's security forces to stay out of a "political
crisis" over who will form the next government, amid fears they could intervene.

The two-term premier, whose bid to stay in power has faltered, urged security personnel "to stay away from the political crisis and continue in their security and military duties to defend the country," a statement on Maliki's website said.

 Maliki orders Iraqs security forces to stay out of  political crisis over next govt

Nuri Al Maliki. AFP

Maliki is the commander in chief of the armed forces.

UN Iraq envoy Nickolay Mladenov on yesterday warned Iraq's military against political interference, after special forces, police and soldiers deployed around strategic installations in Baghdad.

President Fuad Masum tasked Haidar al-Abadi, a member of Maliki's Dawa party, with forming Iraq's next government, but Maliki insisted that the job should be his.

Despite Maliki railing against Abadi's selection as a "constitutional violation," his rival has gained widespread international support, most importantly from Washington and


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Updated Date: Aug 12, 2014 21:15:59 IST