The Sadrist Movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr declared Saturday that Adil Abdul Mahdi has been agreed on by political powers to succeed Haidar al-Abadi as the new Iraqi prime minister, assuring that Abdul Mahdi is currently waiting to be handed over his official duties.
A leader of the Sadrist Movement, Hakim al-Zamly, asserted that all political parties have agreed on the nomination of Abdul Mahdi as the new prime minister.
“Abdul Mahdi is kind of considered as independent candidate, but he represents all Iraqi people,” he added.
Earlier, a source close to PM Abadi said that the latter would announce his support for Adil Abdul Mahdi to take over the premiership at once as the choice of the religious reference, while Abadi would then serve as vice president.
Although Abdul Mahdi has not officially commented on his candidacy, he earlier announced that he had stopped writing his op-ed articles in Al-Adala newspaper because of his preoccupation with political discussions, although he did not address their nature.
The sources pointed out that the choice of Abdul Mahdi for the post of prime minister came in order to resolve a dispute between various coalitions.