KUWAIT CITY, August 14 /ITAR-TASS/. Iraq’s Islamic Party Al-Daava led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on all political forces and blocs in Iraq to cooperate with newly-appointed Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi to form a new government as soon as possible.
“We call on political blocs to cooperate with al-Abbadi who has been appointed new prime minister and speed up the formation of a new cabinet,” the Alsumaria television channel quoted the Ai-Daava statement on Wednesday.
Earlier, representatives from that party, which and wanted al-Maliki to be appointed for his third term as prime minister, opposed al-Abbadi’s appointment as unconstitutional. Lawmakers said the vice speaker of the parliament did not represent the coalition holding the majority of seats.
On Wednesday, al-Maliki once again challenged President Fuad Masum’s decision to appoint al-Abbadi and said he was not going to step down and leave the political scene. “My staying the head of government will ensure protection of voter rights and preservation of the state,” he said, adding that the government would not be changed until the federal court issued a corresponding ruling.
In conditions of acute political crisis, President Fuad Masum instructed vice speaker of the parliament Haider al-Abbadi to form a new government. In line with Iraqi constitution, a new cabinet is to be formed within 30 days. But despite international recognition of the new prime minister, al-Maliki continues as head of government.