Iraqi President Jalal Talabani wants PM Nouri al-Maliki to stay in his post, confirmed anonymous sources, adding that Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani and former prime minister and head of Iraqiya Iyad Allawi are against the PM staying.

Sources told Kuwait's al-Seyassah news website that Talabani wants to solve Iraq's ongoing issues with Maliki in his post. The sources added that Talabani has tried to convince the head of the House of Representatives Osama Nujaifi to remain with Maliki's government.

Al-Seyassah also reported that Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr is against Maliki remaining in power. Sadr, Barzani and Allawi want to replace the PM with someone else in the National Alliance.