Iraq has a new prime minister. What next?
Iraq has a new prime minister-designate, almost three weeks after the previous nominee - Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi - failed to secure parliamentary approval for his cabinet.
The new figure, Adnan al-Zurfi, is a veteran of the Iraqi opposition and a long-time member of the ruling class who worked closely with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
A stern personality, he has a checkered and violent history with many of the people and groups with which the U.S. is currently clashing.