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Iraq court blocks term limits for PM

Iraqi lawmakers say a top court has rejected a draft law that would have prevented embattled Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki from seeking a third term in office after the 2014 national elections.

BAGHDAD // Iraqi lawmakers say a top court has rejected a draft law that would have prevented embattled Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki from seeking a third term in office after the 2014 national elections.

In January, parliament approved the controversial law that limits the premier, president and the parliament speaker to two terms of office. But Al Maliki's allies in the legislature appealed it.

Al Maliki's ally Ali Al Shalah and one of his opponents, parliamentarian Mohammed Al Khalidi, both confirmed the ruling on Tuesday.

Al Khalidi blamed "political pressures" for the Monday ruling, describing it as a "danger to democracy in Iraq".

The court couldn't be reached for comment.