Iraq's Maliki defiant as new prime minister nominated to succeed him

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki was dealt a severe blow Monday in his contentious quest for a third term when the country’s president and its leading political bloc called on another lawmaker to form a new government.

The move was immediately backed by Washington, which has soured on Maliki.

With Iraq’s government deadlocked and the nation confronting a grave threat from Islamic militants, President Fouad Massoum nominated Haider Abadi, the deputy parliament speaker, to be Iraq’s next prime minister, the nation’s most powerful post

Under Iraqi law, Abadi has 30 days to form a new government, which requires parliament's approval.

The move appeared to be an...