Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will not seek a third term in 2014, according to one of his advisers. The prime minister also wants to amend the country’s constitution to limit prime ministers to two terms, Ali al-Moussawi told The Associated Press Feb. 5. Al-Maliki believes “eight years is enough for him” and would step down to avoid converting Iraq into a dictatorship, the adviser added. The decision may be an attempt to prevent Egypt- or Tunisia-style uprisings in Iraq, AP notes.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.