Iraq’s parliament just chose a new President who refused to rename Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to a third term. Maliki declared the move unconstitutional and his own State of Law Party pulled support from him. Now his forces are seizing government buildings in Iraq, have closed the airport, and are surrounding the Green Zone.
His speech refusing to step down occurred at midnight and was followed by the military action.
ائتلاف دولة القانون يواصل مشاورات مكثفة مع كل الأطراف السياسية والمرجعية لتخليص البلاد من المأزق الدستوري ومن انقلاب المالكي العسكري
— State of Law (@StateofLaw) August 10, 2014
State of Law coalition continue intensive consultations with all political parties and the reference to rid the country of the constitutional impasse and al-Maliki’s military coup.
حياة القيادات السياسية في البلاد في خطر ونناشد الشعب العراقي عدم الإصغاء الى من يتشبث بالمنصب — State of Law (@StateofLaw) August 10, 2014
The lives of political leaders in the country is in danger and we appeal to the Iraqi people not to listen to cling to the job
Rumour mill is spinning wildly in baghdad. people are saying that there was just an explosion in president’s compound
— Zaid Al-Ali (@zalali) August 10, 2014
Scary reports from Baghdad. Special Forces out in force, Green Zone shut down. Heavy military presence outside Presidential palace & ISCI HQ
— Hayder al-Khoei (@Hayder_alKhoei) August 10, 2014
UPDATE: Maliki calls for the arrest of the President of Iraq, a Kurd. This will lead to Kurdish indpendence.
— Rami (@RamiAlLolah) August 10, 2014