BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi state television says Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi.

The Iraqiya television network said al-Maliki has “relinquished the post of prime minister.” It did not elaborate.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki listens to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, File)

The announcement comes ahead of an address al-Maliki is due to make later Thursday evening, according to the government.

Iraq’s President Fouad Massoum named al-Abadi on Monday to form the next government, but al-Maliki had until now refused to step aside.”

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