Iraq PM rejects calls to form salvation government

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected calls to form a so-called national salvation government in order to confront the ISIL Takfiri militants.

The Iraqi premier said on Wednesday that a salvation government would amount to a coup against the country’s constitution and would undermine the results of parliamentary elections held on April 30.

“It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters,” he said.

Maliki added that he is committed to forming a new government when the Iraqi parliament convenes on July 1.

The Iraqi prime minister further emphasized that his government remains steadfast in defeating the ISIL Takfiri militants, saying the terrorist groups are supported by certain neighboring countries.

The US- and Saudi-supplied weapons and funds are being used by the ISIL militants, who have vowed to take their campaign of violence to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists since two weeks ago.

Iraq’s Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani has strongly condemned the ISIL militants for numerous violations against the Iraqi people, saying they have executed hundreds of prisoners in Nineveh Province.

Meanwhile, a recent report has revealed that the ISIL militants, which the US deems as a threat, were trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in secret camps inside Jordan.

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