Iraqi president appoints Mohammed Allawi as new prime minister: state TV

BAGHDAD: Iraqi President Barham Salih appointed Saturday as the new prime minister, he said, after disputes between political parties failed to name a candidate in the two months since the former prime minister was overthrown by popular protests.

Allawi would run the country until early elections can be held. You must form a new government within a month.

Former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi resigned in November amid mass riots against the government where hundreds of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets demanding the elimination of Iraq The political elite. Nearly 500 protesters have been killed in a deadly repression by security forces.

State television quoted Allawi as saying he would resign if the political blocs tried to impose candidates for different ministries.

He also asked the protesters to continue demonstrating until their demands are met.

However, protesters are likely to oppose him as prime minister.

For protesters demanding the elimination of what they say is a corrupt ruling elite, the former communications minister under former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki -- who presided over the fall of multiple Iraq i cities to in 2014 and is accused of pro-Shi'ite sectarian policies — is part of the system and therefore unacceptable.

Iraq is facing its biggest crisis since the military defeat of Islamic State in 2017. A mostly Shi'ite popular uprising in Baghdad and the south challenges the Shiite Muslim ruling elite backed primarily by Iran.

The country has been thrown into further disarray since the killing of Iranian military mastermind in a US drone strike in Baghdad on Jan 3. Iran responded with missile attacks on bases hosting US forces, pushing the region to the brink of an all-out conflict.

Pro-Iranian politicians have tried to use these events to divert attention from popular discontent with their control of power and to anti-American demonstrations and demands for the withdrawal of US troops.

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