News

Maliki says Abadi’s appointment as Iraqi PM ‘has no value’

Maliki says Abadi’s appointment as Iraqi PM ‘has no value’

IRAQ: Iraqis carry portraits of incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as they gather in support of him in Baghdad Aug. 13. Photo: Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the appointment of Haider al-Abadi to replace him as Iraq’s prime minister violated the constitution and “had no value.”

In a televised speech, Maliki said everyone should accept a pending federal court ruling on an objection he filed against Abadi’s appointment, and said his government would continue until a final decision was made.

Abadi won swift endorsements from the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end feuds that have allowed Islamist militants to seize a third of the country.

State television on Wednesday reported that Abadi was working on forming a new cabinet and developing a government program in agreement with other political blocs.

But Maliki has so far refused to step aside after eight years as premier. Critics have accused the Shi’ite Islamist of marginalizing the country’s once-dominant Sunni Muslim community during his rule and thereby worsening the country’s crisis.

On Wednesday, Maliki said the decision to appoint Abadi as prime minister was not valid without a decision from the Federal Court on an appeal he said he filed on Tuesday against the decision to task Abadi with forming a new government.

“The violation that occurred has no value and its consequences have no effect,” he said.

“This government is continuing, and will not be changed except after the Federal Court issues its decision.”

(Reporting by Raheem Salman; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; editing by Michael Georgy/Mark Heinrich)

Latest Headlines

in Local

Maine Civil War Soldier Gets New Headstone

Fresh
Newsradio WGAN

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) _ A Maine Civil War soldier has a new grave, thanks to the actions of one of his descendants.

in Local

Maine’s First Footgolf Course Opening in Portland

WGAN-100x100

Officials in the city of Portland say they are opening the first footgolf course in Maine.

in Local

Gas Prices Drop 7 Cents in Maine

GENERIC GAS PUMP

Gas prices have fallen 7 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.

in Local

City Approval Sought for Portland Music Festival

Eastern_promenade_portland

A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

in Local

Fumes Overcome Firefighters At Prentiss Fire

GENERIC FIRE LARGE

PRENTISS, Maine (AP) - Authorities say eight firefighters and one state trooper were treated at a hospital after a fire at a camp in eastern Maine.