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Iraq Names New President and Prime Minister, Ending Long Political Deadlock

HeadlineOct 14, 2022

In Iraq, lawmakers have elected Abdul Latif Rashid as the country’s new president, paving the way for the formation of a new government after a year of political uncertainty and conflict in the Iraqi parliament. Rashid immediately named Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as new prime minister; al-Sudani now has 30 days to form a new government. Protests rocked Iraq for months in response to the political turmoil, with supporters and opponents of the powerful Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashing in Baghdad. Al-Sadr resigned from parliament in August. His party, the Sadrist Movement, won the most seats in last October’s parliamentary election but failed to win an outright majority. Al-Sadr’s supporters occupied the Iraqi parliament in an effort to block lawmakers from choosing a new prime minister.

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