After pitching a defiant fit, the beleaguered Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will concede his post in favor of Haider al-Abadi, his nominated successor.
CNN: Nouri al-Maliki has stepped down as Iraq's prime minister— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) August 14, 2014
From the AP:
Four senior Shiite lawmakers tell The Associated Press that al-Maliki has agreed to endorse Haider al-Abadi as the next prime minister following a meeting of Dawa party members in Baghdad late Thursday, ending the deadlock that has plunged Baghdad into a political uncertainty.
Following eight polarizing years of rule, Maliki is heading to the exit after losing the support of Iran, the United States, and the minorities Kurds and Sunnis in Iraq. With the country plunged in political turmoil and facing an onslaught from Islamic State forces, regime change was the antidote universally agreed upon...by everyone but Maliki.
The premier had denounced the efforts against him a "coup" until Thursday evening.