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Resignation of Prime Minister Maliki gives rise to hope in Iraq
Resignation of Prime Minister Maliki gives rise to hope in Iraq

Iraq swung Friday between conflicting emotions: relief that Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s resignation had averted a destabilizing power struggle and uneasiness over the challenges facing the country’s new leader. Maliki’s surprise announcement Thursday that he would give up his bid for a third four-year term raised hope that a new government could unite a country that is more bitterly divided than at perhaps any time since the sectarian civil strife of 2006-07. Haider Abadi, the veteran Shiite Muslim lawmaker nominated to replace a leader widely seen as divisive, said Friday that the country faced “dangerous challenges,” an allusion to the extremist group...

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