Iraq Names New Prime Minister


iraq-haider-al-abadiIraq’s new president named a new prime minister on Monday, despite current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s refusal to leave office. Prominent Shiite politician and current deputy speaker of parliament Haider al-Abadi will take over from al-Maliki, who has spent the last eight years in office.

“Now the Iraqi people are in your hands,” Massoum told Abadi as they shook hands in a ceremony in Baghdad. On Sunday, al-Maliki announced on Iraqi television that he would go to court against the country’s president, Fouad Masoum, to keep his premiership after Masoum failed to direct him and his bloc in parliament to form a new government.

“What is happening today is a coup against the constitution, a deliberate violation of it by the president,” he said in a statement. Read more at the Washington Post.

{Andy Newscenter}