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Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul July 5, 2014. Allawi called on incumbent Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday to give up his bid for a third term in power or risk the dismemberment of Iraq. Maliki on Friday rejected a chorus of such calls since militants of a group now calling itself the Islamic State rampaged through swathes of Iraq and declared a mediaeval-style caliphate in land they control in Iraq and neighbouring Syria. “I think it is time for Mr Maliki to leave the scene,” Allawi told Reuters in an interview in Istanbul. To match Interview IRAQ-SECURITY/ALLAWI REUTERS/Serkan Senturk (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS)