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'Constitutional breach' in tasking PM with forming gov't: Source

Adil Abdul Mahdi

A legal expert affirmed Friday that there appears to be a clear and unequivocal constitutional breach in assigning Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi with forming the new government.

According to the source, who spoke anonymously, the Iraqi constitution stipulates the necessity of a bigger and clearer parliamentary bloc.

Abdul Mahdi, a former oil minister, was appointed as Iraq’s new prime minister late on Tuesday by newly-elected president Barham Salih.

The source also added that whoever supports Mahdi and his appointment for Iraq’s premiership will soon be encountered with popular and constitutional barriers, regardless of the parliament’s support.

“Either Iraqi politicians adhere to the constitution, or submit to whoever moves them like puppets,” the source added.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the prime minister has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to the parliament for approval.

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