Iraq: Ex-Intelligence Chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi chosen as country's new prime minister

Iraq's Parliament chose former intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi as new prime minister on Thursday, giving the country its first government in more than five months. Footage filmed in Baghdad shows parliamentarians during the vote. «This is a difficult phase, the challenges that Iraq is facing are great, economically, socially, security-wise and health-wise, but it is not greater than our... Еще [power] ability to address them,» Kadhimi said after the parliament vote. He continued: «Together we can assert national sovereignty, and overcome the economic crisis and protect our people from health risks. Iraq seeks to establish brotherly relations and cooperate with other Arab countries, with neighbouring countries and with the international community.» Iraq has been in the grip of political uncertainty and unrest over government corruption, high unemployment and external influence in Iraqi politics since October 2019. Amid massive anti-government protests, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned from his post on December 1, 2019. Since then, the country has been operating without a central government. Mustafa al-Kadhimi, however, will begin his term without a full cabinet after several ministerial candidates were rejected.

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