By John Lee.
Former Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has been named as Iraq's Prime Minister-designate, ending months of deadlock.
Described by BBC News as "a veteran Shia Islamist politician", Mahdi now has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.
The French-educated economist is the nominee of the two Shia-led blocs that won the most seats in May's elections.
(Sources: BBC, Al Jazeera)