Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki gives up post to rival

Iraqiya television network said al-Maliki has "relinquished the post of prime minister."

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki listens to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, al-Maliki ordered security forces not to intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, but rather focus on defending the country, which is under attack by Sunni militants in the north. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki listens to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, al-Maliki ordered security forces not to intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, but rather focus on defending the country, which is under attack by Sunni militants in the north. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, File)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi state television says Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi.

The Iraqiya television network said al-Maliki has “relinquished the post of prime minister.” It did not elaborate.

The announcement comes ahead of an address al-Maliki is due to make later Thursday evening, according to the government.

Iraq’s President Fouad Massoum named al-Abadi on Monday to form the next government, but al-Maliki had until now refused to step aside.”

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