Iraq's prime minister says he won't seek reelection

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 5, 2011 16:53

Iraqi state TV reported Saturday that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki won't run for a third time when his current term is up in 2014.

The Shi'ite premier's political bloc fell two seats short of a majority in parliamentary elections last year and he narrowly kept his job by pulling support from allies in months of closed-door negations after the vote.

Saturday's announcement came a day after the prime minister's decision to return half his annual pay to the government treasury to ease disparities between rich and poor Iraqis.

That move appeared calculated to insulate Maliki from the anti-government unrest spreading across the Middle East.


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