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Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said on Sunday that his Iraqi List parliamentary bloc would oppose any proposal to allow incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to seek a third term in office.
"We are committed to the parliament's resolution barring any premier from running for a third term," Allawi said in an interview with Anadolu Agency.
The Iraqi parliament approved in 2013 a bill stipulating that the president, premier and parliament speaker cannot serve more than two terms in office.
The al-Maliki government has never endorsed the bill.
Under the Iraqi constitution, bills that are approved by the parliament but not endorsed by the government remain non-abiding to the latter.
"Maliki has failed in rebuilding the country," Allawi said. "Iraq has become an example for financial and administrative corruption."
Allawi's bloc, made up mainly of liberal politicians, has 91 seats in the 325-seat Iraqi parliament.
Al-Maliki has been in office since 2006 when his United Iraqi Alliance won parliamentary elections.
He then formed the State of Law coalition, which lost the 2010 parliamentary election by two seats to Allawi's Iraqi List.
However, he remained in office and formed a national unity government as part of a deal on top government posts between the two blocs that ended months of political deadlock.Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2014, 09:45