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Iraq's Maliki concedes defeat, backs PM designate

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BAGHDAD - Iraq's divisive premier Nuri al-Maliki dropped his bid to stay in power Thursday, bowing to huge domestic and international pressure two months into a jihadist-led offensive threatening to tear the country apart. 

Iraq men carry a portrait of outgoing prime minister Nuri al-Maliki ahead of a rally to show their support for Maliki on August 13, 2014

The two-term premier threw in the towel after an acrimonious political battle and backed his designated successor Haidar al-Abadi, a fellow member of the Shiite party Dawa.

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