Iraq names Mustafa Al Kadhimi as new Prime Minister designate

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Al Kadhimi is the head of intelligence and has been rumoured to be a contender since December

April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020

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Iraqi President Barham Salih named Mustafa Al Kadhimi as Prime Minister-designate on Thursday, following weeks of political infighting.

Mr Al Kadhimi, the head of Iraq's intelligence, was rumoured to be among the prime ministerial contenders since December, following the previous incumbent's resignation.

He now has 30 days to form a new cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.

The latest nomination comes as Iraq struggles to contain an outbreak of new coronavirus. The country currently has 1,202 infected cases and 69 deaths have been recorded.

Mr Al Kadhimi has kept a low profile since taking office at the National Intelligence Service in June 2016 and is known to have good relations with the US and regional powers.

Born in Baghdad in 1967, he has a law degree and has also published several books, including Humanitarian Concerns, which was selected in 2000 by the European Union as the best book written by a political refugee.

He worked as reporter and, until 2016, wrote widely on the reforms needed in Iraq.

Mr Al Kadhimi follows two candidates who had been nominated for the role since former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned from the post in November.

The first candidate designated to succeed Mr Abdul Mahdi, Mohammed Allawi, withdrew his candidacy on March 1 after the Iraqi parliament refused to approve his cabinet.

The second was Adnan Al Zurfi, who withdrew his candidacy.

Updated: April 9, 2020 12:58 PM

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