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Iran, Saudis Pressure Maliki By Backing Rival PM Bid

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August 14, 2014 AT 3:49 AM
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's defiant bid to keep his job ran into growing regional pressure Tuesday as political friends, Iran, and foes, Saudi Arabia, both welcomed the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi to replace him. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi also backed al-Abadi, the deputy speaker of parliament who was nominated for the post on Monday by Iraqi President Fouad Massoum. Al-Abadi has 30 days to name a cabinet that can win the backing of parliament.