Updated:Iraq's Shi'ite coalition nominates deputy speaker for PM

Reuters , Monday 11 Aug 2014

Haidar Abadi
Haidar Abadi (Photo: Reuters)

Iraq's main Shi'ite coalition on Monday nominated the deputy speaker of parliament, Haider al-Abadi to become prime minister, a spokesman said.

The move is likely to deepen political tensions at a time when the country needs a united front against a raging Sunni insurgency. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has indicated he will not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term.

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