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Iraq’s Maliki will not seek third term

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has decided that two terms – eight years – is long enough to run the country, according to this BBC News article.  The country’s constitution currently allows the PM to hold office as long as he can continue winning elections, but Maliki says that he would support an amendment creating a two term limit.  It is debatable whether or not this story is another derivative of the Egypt protests, as Maliki may simply be exhausted by his position and doesn’t want a third term.  But Maliki himself refers to the Egypt protests in explaining his support for a two term limit:

“One of the characteristics of a lack of democracy is when a leader rules for 30 or 40 years. It is a difficult issue for people, it is intolerable and change is necessary.”


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