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People hold a portrait of Nuri al-Maliki and signs as they gather in support of him in Baghdad August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Iraq's Maliki finally steps aside, paving way for new gov't

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BAGHDAD, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond on Thursday and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash a Sunni Islamist insurgency that threatens Baghdad.


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