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Two member blocs in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's parliamentary alliance have rejected his bid to run for a third term in office, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Entesar Allawi, a member of former premier Iyad Allawi's National Bloc, said the Badr bloc – which is allied with al-Maliki and has 18 seats in parliament – had rejected his bid to vie for a third term.
"The bloc led by energy minister Hussain al-Shahristani also rejects al-Malik's third term bid," Allawi said.
Officials from the two blocs could not be reached for comment.
According to Allawi, Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim, whose bloc won 31 seats in parliament in last month's polls, also opposes a third term bid by al-Maliki.
"Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr [whose bloc won 34 parliamentary seats] also rejects a third term for al-Maliki," she said.
Al-Maliki's State of Law Alliance was the biggest winner in last month's parliamentary election, clinching 96 out of 328 seats in parliament.
According to Iraqi electoral laws, prime ministerial candidates must have the support of at least 165 members of parliament.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2014, 09:21