Iraq's Maliki Steps Down "To Stop Bloodshed", Blames CIA, Supports Abadi As New Prime Minister

Tyler Durden's picture

Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post, according to Shiite lawmakers via AP. In an statement on state-run TV, Maliki declared support for al-Abadi, leaving his post "to not let one Iraqi blood drop be shed because of me." 



Perhaps most notably, Maliki stated "Intelligence apparatuses behind the sectarian strife in the region." - CIA?

Via AP,

The Iraqi government says embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to address the nation, as Shiite lawmakers say he has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post.


Four senior Shiite lawmakers tell The Associated Press that al-Maliki has agreed to endorse Haider al-Abadi as the next prime minister following a meeting of Dawa party members in Baghdad late Thursday, ending the deadlock that has plunged Baghdad into a political uncertainty.


Hussein al-Maliki and Khalaf Abdul-Samad, lawmakers with al-Maliki and al-Abadi's State of Law parliamentary bloc, say al-Maliki will support al-Abadi's nomination in his speech Thursday night. Two other lawmakers, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door meeting, also say al-Maliki will do so.


The government announced al-Maliki will speak Thursday evening.


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As NYTimes notes,

While the country is not at peace, Mr. Maliki’s decision, nonetheless, appeared to pave the way for the first truly peaceful transition of power, based on democratic elections and without the guiding hand of American military forces, in modern Iraq’s history.


In stepping aside Mr. Maliki agreed to end his legal challenge to the nomination of his replacement, which was made on Monday when Iraq’s president nominated Haider al-Abadi, a member of Mr. Maliki’s own Shiite Islamist Dawa Party.




Mr. Abadi, according to the constitution, has 30 days from the time of his appointment – which was Monday – to form a new government. During that time, Mr. Maliki remains the caretaker prime minister, and the commander-in-chief of the military.

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Who Is Haider al-Abadi?

Haider al-Abadi, a Shiite who was nominated Monday to be Iraq’s new prime minister, has 30 days to form a government with Sunni and Kurdish factions.


Mr. Abadi was named a deputy speaker of Iraq’s Parliament last month in a step toward ending a political deadlock.


He is a Shiite from Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki's Dawa Party, and lived in exile in London during part of Saddam Hussein's rule, returning to Iraq in 2003.


As an adviser to Mr. Maliki, he was instrumental in expelling former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari from the Dawa Party in 2008.


In 2007 when President George W. Bush committed more American troops to Iraq, Mr. Abadi said, "The government believes there is no need for extra troops from the American side."


He was worried in 2006 about the stockpiling of weapons by Iraqis, aided by the American military presence, exacerbating sectarian tensions.

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Of course, what really matters is what concessions were offered.

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Arius's picture

finally a voice of reason ... lets hope it will be followed by others around the World ...

JLee2027's picture

Now if only Obama, Pelosi, Reed, Bohner, McConnell, will do the same.

Stackers's picture

" modern Iraqi history "

doublely true since there is no such thing as "un-modern Iraqi history" since the country did not exist before 1924

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

Stepping down for the good of his country... now that is leadership! Somebody suggest that to BO.

Escrava Isaura's picture

We get more turnovers in Bagdad than in DC.

Ozy_mandias's picture

In the words of the late Robin Williams "politicians are like diapers, they should be changed often and for the same reasons."

AssFire's picture

So all that news about a coup here on Sunday night was bullshit. Might want to hold off when reporting Tweets as news Tyler.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Wasn't there a story about the Central Bank of Iraq, transferring some $340 million to a mystery account, very recently?

Harbanger's picture

DC turns over politcians every 1/2 century.

The US Record goes to......

Robert Dingel, Democrat. Scrwing th public for 57 years.

He recently took the Record from the late Robert Byrd, another Democrat.  and former klansman.

The.Harmless.Jew's picture




since the country did not exist before 1924


Stackers, you really are Zionist Garbage. 


Post after post of uninformed rubbish.  You are here - at ZERO HEDGE for fuck sake, a domain of knowledge - and yet you have no shame in displaying your stupidity and ignorance over and over - Astounding!


Sure, Modern Iraq's borders were drawn by Colonials, Zionist scum, and some dame called Gertude Bell, but Iraq as a nation, as a land existed for many centuries.  The word "Iraq" is a very old word describing a very old nation. 


But of course, most informed folks at ZH know this, and they also know your lying agenda...


It is all about the fucking land of "greater" israel with your lot - and that means crossing Iraq's rivers to get it.


Well, not in your Zionist or Bernenke, Yellen and co's life-time should your grubby child murdering, organ harvesting, fiat money deceiving israelis get any chunk of Iraq. 


Keep on embarrassing yourself mate.


power steering's picture

Every time Obama asks a leader to step down a shitstorm ensues

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Now ISIS knows whose head to chop off when they reach Baghdad. 

Bloppy's picture

Sorry, Iraq not important, pop culture-obsessed media says so:

what's that smell's picture

little pink panty fanboys don't realy thing that's a "real" picture, do ya?

bad photoshop! bad!

zaid benjamin is a low level demon from the zionist wing of hell.

but please....act like this is real....twat benjamin just tweeted what you should what ya wait'n on? like it and tweet it already.

rubiconsolutions's picture

"to not let one Iraqi blood drop be shed because of me." *



* "mainly mine"


nope-1004's picture

The blood was going to be his own.


stutes33's picture

How much did he get paid?

Possible Impact's picture

From the article:

"Of course, what really matters is what concessions were offered."

Should be:

Of course, what really matters is what €on€e$$ion$ were offered.

NoWayJose's picture

How much was he paid? Let's just say that he won't have to wait for the afterlife to find (or buy) 100 virgins...

Anybody's picture

Didn't want to end up like Morsi.


Lesson here - can't go against America's wishes.

maskone909's picture

how can they even play the game of politics while most of the country is currently being invaded and destroyed!?!?  what a joke

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

Relax... their central bank is still open and the oil is flowing. Have a vodka tonic sweetie cause you got a pretty face.

kaiserhoff's picture

August is traditionally silly season, because it is the slowest news month of the year.  Things pick up dramaticly in September.  Oh Shit.

NoWayJose's picture

US tax dollars at work!  The Pay Off to step down!

TroubleTj2000's picture

Rome burns and now he steps down. Another dictator bites the dust but look at what it takes before "sanity prevails"!

Rootin' for Putin's picture

Im not leaving!

Theres how much money in that bag?

So long bitchez!

Implied Violins's picture

Wait - it's yuan, and not dollars? AWESOME!!! I'm outta here!

Boomberg's picture

At least al-Abadi is an appropriate name for Americans to be afraid of unlike Maliki which most Americans think is an island in Hawaii. 

Harbanger's picture

If Barack Hussein didn't scare people we wouldn' call him Barry.

youngman's picture

Yes I wonder how much that cost....but for the better....every politician has their price...and a family to support....and some goats and camels too...the loved ones

falconflight's picture

Good news short term.  Their parliamentary system operated as it should.  He lost his party's support, forcing him new Saddam.  Considering the extreme turmoil and violence ravaging the country, it is a testament to their resiliency. 

kowalli's picture

We will see 10x blood and death from now.
Ukraine is example - Yanukovych resign... Say hi.....

goldhedge's picture

Blame the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  SSSShhhh

They are bestest buddies with the Good `ole US of A ;)

HamRove's picture

This is of course AFTER he tried a military coup to cement his third term by force. 

Now he is worried about bloodshed....Douche!

He's as bad as Musharraf 

auntiesocial's picture

How did you get him to step down?

We showed him a picture of JFK and Qaddafi and asked him if he had any questions...

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

They showed him the JFK hit from a distinctly 'non-Zapruder' angle, and asked "Any questions".

Old joke, can't remember the (dead) comedian its attributed to.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

I, for one, am not amused that they always blame the CIA for every underhanded change in their leadership.


NSA must have a large part as well.

MollyHacker's picture

Meanwhile ISIS has Bagdad surrounded oh and in other news...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Rest assured when the dust settles all will be well...

Trouble is that the dust has been airborne since "Mission Accomplished". 

I'm so certain that Maliki's stooge replacement will ensure those 3 million barrels a day are flowing and stable, most important is that it continues to be traded in good ol' USD lest the markets collapse be expedited more rapidly!

Joebloinvestor's picture

Is he blaming the CIA for removing or not supporting him?

Duc888's picture



"Blames CIA"


That's some funny shit there dumb-ass.  Who was it again who got you the job?





The Fed Printing Press's picture

I've been unable to find a source that actually validates Maliki said what ZH claims he said:

Maliki stated "Intelligence apparatuses behind the sectarian strife in the region."

All mentions of this quote online use ZH as the source.

gatorboat's picture

Now dinarians will have to come up with another excuse for their "RV" not happening.

But some of their "gurus" say it's already happened, just "held back from the public" by (take your pick) the "cabal", US Treasury, Fed, Obama, "chinese elders", "dragon family", etc, etc, etc.

If you want some real entertainment go read the dinar blogs.

yellowsub's picture

Perhaps if he had billions like Bloomberg he could have done it without bloodshed...

earleflorida's picture

In a parallel middle-eastern kinda universe, not so far back in tyme... when a century past hasn't changed one iota regarding its twin-eye'd, 'iraq and iran'-- and, the long leash of exceptionalism? :: below, is a summary of how iran paid for its allegiance (replace iran with iraq and blindfold your prejudices if you so choose, but the outcome is still the same in dreamtyme or reality! Not, until vlad and xi set the matter straight)...!!!

Ref [scroll): The Pahlavi Era (1925-79) & The Islamic State of Iran (1979-present)

'Foreign Influence in Weapons Training and Support Systems' (Iran)       {(1957-79)(Pahlavi Dynasty [Father & Son])}      Ref:  Mohammad Reza (Shah) Pahlavi and his son and how the FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Administrations made (?Iraq?) Iran a 'Beggard`thy 'Neighbor' throughout the 20th century pitting Iraq and Iran against each other-- MIC cleans up... and extends credit lines to put both countries forever in debt??? with the Nixon Shock and OPEC's cooperation [...]

what difference does it make...


Father Lucifer's picture

IS don't give a shit who the PM is.

Aussiekiwi's picture

So he has finally received the assurances for his safety and immunity from prosecution that he has been holding out for.

The 'not one Iraqi blood drop' was a nice touch, like he cares, the only Iraqi blood he cares about is his own.

TeraByte's picture

A prime example of an idiotic foreign policy that only propagates trouble. You invade a country and see the government  is a puppet of your choice. When this fails and its your puppet´s fault and you start meddling again and again...... Without constant intervention from outside the Middle East had probably found a more stable solution in a way or another, much bloodshed in consequence for sure, but maybe still with a lower death toll than over two million, which the constant warfare already has taken since WWII.

Treeplanter's picture

Iran is the shot caller in Bagdad.  ISIS is in no hurry to meet the tanks of the Islamic Republic.