London, Aug 12 ANI | 1 year ago

In order to quell the political paralysis inflicting the Iraq government, President Fouad Massoum has appointed a rival Shia candidate who will replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and form a new government at the centre.

Massoum made the announcement on Monday and asked Haider al-Abadi, who was appointed Prime Minister by the Shia parties earlier, to form a new government, reported The Guardian.

As Sunni insurgency swept northern Iraq, Maliki's efforts to tackle the situation was increasingly being seen as insufficient. He had already been sidelined by party allies and religious and regional supporters.

His removal followed a number of calls from the White House to the politicians in Baghdad.

The United States Vice President Joe Biden intervened for the fourth time in many days as he called both the Iraqi President and Abadi and indicated that the US military support would follow quickly if a new government is formed at the centre, the report added.

Welcoming the new leadership, US President Barack Obama hailed the step as an important step forward on Monday and said that the only way to find a lasting solution to the Iraq conflict is to form an inclusive government.

Maliki's dramatic removal came just hours after he accused Massoum of violating the constitution by failing to name a prime minister within 15 days.

(Posted on 12-08-2014)

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