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Iraq: Maliki tells army to keep out of politics

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BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s prime minister has ordered the security forces not intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister.

In a statement issued on his official website, Nouri al-Maliki urged army, police and security forces to stay out of the political crisis and focus on defending the country.

A day earlier, Haider al-Abadi, the deputy speaker of parliament from al-Maliki’s Shiite Dawa party, was selected by President Fouad Massoum to be the new…

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