URGENT: Prime Minister Maliki withdraws from 3rd term candidacy, National Alliance nominates 5 candidates

z URGENT: Prime Minister Maliki withdraws from 3rd term candidacy, National Alliance nominates 5 candidatesBaghdad (IraqiNews.com) On Wednesday, the MP for the Liberal bloc, Riad al-Saadi indicated that the National Alliance has five candidates for the post of prime minister, including al-Jaafari and al-Shahristani while noting that the outgoing  Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, withdrew his candidacy for the post because of political pressure.

Saadi said, in an interview for IraqiNews.com, that “the National Alliance has five candidates for the post of prime minister,” noting that “three of these candidates of the National Coalition: Ahmed Chalabi, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Aadi Abdul-Mahdi and the other two from the state of law; they are Khodair al Khozai and Hussain al-Shahristani.”

al-Saadi noted that “the outgoing Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, withdrew his candidacy for the post,” attributing the reason that “there was pressure from other political blocs.”

al-Saadi added “Shahristani has a lot of policies and relations, but Maliki nominated Alkhozai because he is from his party.”

The religious authority Mr. Mahmoud Hashemi considered, on July 29, 2014, that the nomination of a president of the new government in Iraq must be determined as a set apart by the polls, stressing the adherence to the constitutional entitlement of the new government.

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