Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi gestures as he speaks during a press conference after he returned from Switzerland where he attended the so-called Geneva II peace talks on February 3, 2014 in Cairo
Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi gestures as he speaks during a press conference after he returned from Switzerland where he attended the so-called Geneva II peace talks on February 3, 2014 in Cairo © Mohamed el-Shahed - AFP/File
Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi gestures as he speaks during a press conference after he returned from Switzerland where he attended the so-called Geneva II peace talks on February 3, 2014 in Cairo
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Last updated: August 12, 2014

Arab League welcomes nomination of new Iraq PM Abadi  

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Tuesday backed the nomination of new Iraqi premier Haidar al-Abadi, joining an international chorus of approval for the sidelining of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Arabi "welcomed Iraqi President Fuad Masum's tasking of Haidar al-Abadi to form a new government," a statement said.

Maliki, whose divisive policies have been blamed for contributing to a Sunni jihadi takeover of swathes of Iraq, has insisted that he is the rightful prime minister.

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