Everyone Wave Buh Bye to Nuri Kamal al-Maliki

Peaceful transition of power, its rare in the Arab world.

AGHDAD — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Thursday night that he had agreed to relinquish power, a move that came after days of crisis in which his deployment of extra security forces around the capital had raised worries of a military coup.

Mr. Maliki’s decision held out the prospect of a peaceful transition of power, based on democratic elections and without the guiding hand of American military forces, which would be a first in modern Iraq’s troubled history of kings, coups and dictatorships.

His decision to step aside came after heavy pressure from the United States, which has deployed warplanes in Iraq to target Sunni Islamist militants and suggested that more military support would be forthcoming if Mr. Maliki was removed from power. Iran also played a decisive role in convincing Mr. Maliki that he could not stay in power.

Mr. Maliki, 64, agreed to end his legal challenge to the nomination of his replacement, Haider al-Abadi, 62, a member of Mr. Maliki’s own Dawa Party, who was chosen Monday by Iraq’s president.

Happens every four to eight years here, which blows their little Arab minds. Its a must have though if Iraq is ever to become something other than a sectarian sh*thole.

Posted by: Howie at 09:05 AM


1 So, Columbia had a transition of Government, and the Obamaites called it a coup. I guess it all depends on some factor we shall never be able to guess as to why some changes in government are coups and others are peaceful transitions of power.

Posted by: TimothyJ at August 15, 2014 12:25 PM

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