Maliki’s political games

Hayder Al-Khoei, Aljazeera, August 14, 2014:  “Maliki’s political games”

Iraq’s fractured political process took a further dramatic turn on August 10 as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly attacked the recently elected President Fuad Masoum. He said the president was violating the constitution by extending the 15-day deadline for tasking the nominee of the largest bloc in parliament with forming the new government.

Maliki accused the president of negligence that would lead to the rupturing of national unity and the end of the democratic process.

Despite all this, Maliki still believes he is the head of the largest bloc in parliament – the State of Law coalition – and that he should have been given the first chance to form the new government. But has he been defeated at his own game?

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