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Iraq crisis: Maliki 'not the man to pull Iraq together again'

14 August 2014 Last updated at 23:14 BST

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents.

He resigned on state TV to make way for Haider al-Abadi, who was asked by Iraq's president to form a government.

The United States had blamed Mr Maliki for the political deadlock in the country, and the failure to tackle Islamic State.

Jim Muir reports from Irbil.