U.N. chief Ban commends Iraqi PM Maliki's decision to step aside

by Reuters
Friday, 15 August 2014 01:10 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step aside and his pledge of support for Haider al-Abadi as his successor.

"He (Ban) looks forward to the swift formation of an inclusive, broad-based government," Ban's press office said in a statement. (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Eric Beech)