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Salih tasks Abdul Mahdi with forming gov't

the Iraqi politician Adel Abdul Mahdi
Adil Abdul Mahdi
Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has tasked Adil Abdul Mahdi with forming a government as the new prime minister.

“The Iraqi political blocs agreed on nominating Iraqi politician Adil Abdul Mahdi to be the next prime minister, succeeding Haider al-Abadi,” a source of the Reform and Reconstruction Coalition said on Tuesday.

The choice of Abdul Mahdi, former Vice President and oil minister, came in order to resolve a dispute between various coalitions including the coalition of the former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Building Alliance, Reform and Reconstruction Coalition supported by the Shiite leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, Alliance towards Reforms Coalition and the National Wisdom Movement led by Ammar al-Hakim.
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