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President Says Iraqi PM's Critics Lack Power To Oust Him

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Mosul in late May.
Iraq's president says opponents of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have failed to muster enough support to bring him down in a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

The prime minister's opponents said last week that they'd sent a letter to President Jalal Talabani with pledges from 176 lawmakers -- or a dozen more than the 164 needed -- that they would vote against Maliki.

However, Talabani said in a statement on June 10 that the letter only has 160 valid signatures.

He said 13 lawmakers informed him later they were withdrawing or suspending their signatures.

Maliki, a Shi'a, is being accused of monopolizing power by his opponents.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP