Iraqi President Appoints Adnan Al-Zurfi as New PM-Designate

Iraqi President Appoints Adnan Al-Zurfi as New PM-Designate

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iraqi President Barham Salih on Tuesday appointed Adnan al-Zurfi as the country's new prime minister-designate in the latest bid to resolve a months-long political crisis.

Al-Zurfi has 30 days to form his cabinet which he must then put to a vote of confidence in Iraq's fractious parliament.

The 54-year-old former governor of the holy Shiite city of Najaf heads the Nasr parliamentary grouping of former prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Al Jazeera reported.

He would replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who quit in December following demonstrations against a government that protesters say has failed to provide them with economic opportunities and basic services.

Al-Zurfi's appointment came two weeks after former prime minister-designate Mohammed Allawi withdrew his candidacy for the post, accusing political parties of obstructing him.

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