Iraq PM’s allies distance themselves as polls loom

France24 2013-12-08: AFP – Two long-time parliamentary allies are distancing themselves from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ahead of April elections, accusing him of a deeply flawed security policy and nepotism. The allegations by key Maliki supporters IzzatShabander and Sami al-Askari echo those of the Shiite premier’s opponents, who charge that heavy-handed tactics by the police and army against Iraq‘s Sunni Arab minority have fuelled a sharp escalation of violence this year. First elected premier in 2006, Maliki retained the post in 2010, buoyed by a sharp decline in unrest that followed a military offensive he ordered… more

source Iraq Daily

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