Kerry urges calm in Iraq

AP News
Posted: Aug 11, 2014 3:35 AM
Kerry urges calm in Iraq

SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants.

Speaking in Australia on Monday, Kerry said there should be no use of force by political factions as Iraq struggles form a government. He says the people of Iraq have made clear their desire for change and that the country's new president is acting appropriately despite claims of malfeasance by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Maliki is resisting calls to step down and says he'll file a complaint against the president for not naming him prime minister.

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Kerry notes that Maliki's Shia bloc has put forward three other candidates for the prime minister job and says the U.S. stands with the president.