The former Iraqi parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi says he will not nominate himself for a new term to make it easier for the Shia political parties to replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Nujaifi, who's a major political opponent of Maliki, says his decision is based on the demand of the
leading bloc of Shia parties, the National Alliance. He says this will also benefit the interests of the country. Iraqi politicians have been at loggerheads
over the formation of a new government. The first meeting of the parliament since its election in April collapsed on Tuesday without any agreement. This came after the Kurdish and Sunni lawmakers walked out, complaining that Shia lawmakers had not yet determined their pick for premier. The MPs are now due to meet again next week.