State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) says the U.S. rejects any effort to use coercion or manipulation in the process of choosing a new Iraqi leader.

Al-Maliki accused Fouad Massoum, who was named president last month, of neglecting to name a prime minister from the country's largest parliamentary faction by Sunday's deadline. He said Massoum has violated the constitution "for the sake of political goals."

Psaki said the U.S. supports the process to select a prime minister "by building a national consensus and governing in an inclusive manner."

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