Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Reuters: Ex-PM Maliki making comeback as Iraq's most powerful man
Nuri al-Maliki is once again positioning himself as Iraq's most powerful man, poised to return as kingmaker in a fight for influence that could decide Iraq's fate as a unified country after the coming battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State.
Two years after he was pressured to leave office by both the United States and Iran for failing to stop Islamic State fighters from sweeping across the country, the former prime minister still leads a powerful Shi'ite parliamentary bloc.
In recent weeks his followers have been using their authority in parliament to dismantle the cabinet of his successor, Haidar al-Abadi.
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WNU Editor: His corruption, policies, and his sectarian approach towards governing is what made the current situation in Iraq happen .... resulting in one of those rare moments when both the U.S. and Iran agreed on something (i.e. that Maliki had to go). His return to power does not bode well for the future .... and all but guarantees to stoke sectarian tensions.