Al-Maliki (right) visiting Baghdad University in November 2006 (epa)
January 3, 2007 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is quoted as saying he has no desire to serve another term as Iraq's prime minister.
Al-Maliki told the U.S. newspaper "The Wall Street Journal" in an interview that he wishes his current term as head of the government was already over.
Al-Maliki indicated his job has been difficult because of political divisions among Iraqis, but said he still has hope that Iraq will have peace in his lifetime.
Al-Maliki's four-year term began some seven months ago.
Nuri al-Maliki (epa)
NURI KAMIL AL-MALIKI (Jawad al-Maliki is a nom de guerre) was born in 1950 in the Twayrij al-Hindiyah district of Karbala. Commonly known as Abu Isra, al-Maliki joined the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party in 1968. He holds an M.A. in Koran and Arabic Language Studies from Salah al-Din University in Irbil. Following a crackdown on outlawed parties by the regime of Saddam Hussien, al-Maliki fled the country in 1980, seeking asylum first in Iran and later in Syria. While in Syria, he also published a magazine -- "Al-Mawqif" ("The Attitude") -- that became the mouthpiece of the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party. For several years, al-Maliki served as the head of jihad and military operations for the party, subsequently becoming a member of its political bureau. Following the liberation of Iraq, he served as deputy director of the de-Ba'athification commission established by the Coalition Provisional Authority. In 2004, al-Maliki was elected deputy speaker of the interim National Assembly. He played a leading role in settling the August 2004 crisis in Al-Najaf when supporters of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr battled coalition forces for three weeks. In 2005, he served as chairman of the transitional National Assembly's Security and Defense Committee. He was also a member of the committe responsible for drafting Iraq's new constitution. He has also served as a spokesman for transitional Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari and as spokesman for the United Iraqi Alliance.