Maliki agreed to step down as prime minister in favor of Abadi

Maliki’s decision came after days of negotiations with his former Shiite allies, who urged him to abide by growing international opposition to his rule and the sense among most Iraqi leaders that his removal was necessary to bring the country together.

Mr. Haider al-Abadi , according to the constitution, has 30 days from the time of his appointment Monday to form a new government.