The Iraqi parliament has passed legislation seeking to limit the number of terms Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki may remain in office.
The bill was passed on Saturday by lawmakers from three major Sunni, Kurdish and Shia blocs – all members of Malikiâ€™s unity government.
The bill restricts the posts of the president, prime minister, and parliament speaker of Iraq to two four-year terms.
Malikiâ€™s supporters dismissed the move as unconstitutional and vowed to refer it to a federal court.
Despite the parliamentary vote, it needs the presidentâ€™s approval.
The parliamentâ€™s move comes amidst weeks of anti-government protests.
Maliki was first elected as prime minister in 2005, and was consequently reelected in 2010.