Iraq's president taps intelligence chief to form new government
With the appointment of intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraq's new prime minister-designate, Iraq's President Barham Salih is attempting for the third time this year to end a months-long political deadlock.
Kadhimi is the latest candidate tasked with forming a government after Adnan al-Zurfi, unable to obtain support among Iraq's political parties, withdrew his bid Thursday morning.
"This decision will not stop me from serving the public through my current parliamentary position. I will continue to work and prepare the country for the upcoming early elections and other challenges," Zurfi said on Twitter.