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Iraqi Parliament endorses Mustafa Al Kadhimi as new Prime Minister

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On Wednesday, Iraqi legislators approved a new government proposed by Prime Minister nominee Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The two key portfolios of interior and defense ministers were also approved concluding a political standoff in the nation.

The Iraqi Parliament voted and endorsed 15 ministers out of a proposed 22-seat cabinet in a vote of confidence. Mustafa al-Kadhimi will head the new government. He will start his term without a complete Cabinet as several ministerial candidates were declined.

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo phoned Al-Kadhimi and congratulated him on forming a new government.Former PM Adil Abdul Mahdi, who has been managing a caretaker government, quit last year following anti-government protests in which people took to streets asking the removal of Iraq’s ruling elite and also demanded jobs.

Al-Kadhimi’s candidates for Cabinet posts including interior, finance, defense, and electricity were also confirmed with a majority. Iraqi authorities state Al-Kadhimi is pleasing to both the United States and Iran, whose struggle for influence over Iraq has bubbled into an open encounter in the preceding year, Al-Arabiya reported.

Al-Kadhimi’s administration is anticipated to work on the approaching financial crisis due to coronavirus pandemic. That has impacted oil cost which is Iraq’s primary source of income.Al-Kadhimi tweeted following the vote, “My Cabinet has won parliament’s support and we will work towards winning the trust and backing of the Iraqi people as well,” Herald Mail Media reported.

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