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Iraq president rejects Iran-backed bloc’s nominee as PM

WorldNews Thursday, 26 December 2019
Iraq president rejects Iran-backed bloc’s nominee as PMBAGHDAD – Iraq’s president refused Thursday to designate the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc’s nominee for prime minister after he was rejected by anti-government protesters, saying he was prepared to submit his resignation to Parliament. Barham Saleh said in a statement issued by his office that he would not name the governor of the southern Basra province, Asaad al-Eidani, as the country’s next prime minister “to avoid more bloodshed and in order to safeguard civil peace.” Al-Eidani’s name was proposed Wednesday by the Fatah bloc, which includes leaders associated with the Iran-supported paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces. However, he was promptly rejected by Iraqi protesters, who...
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​Iraqi President Barham Salih said he'd rather resign than appoint the parliament's Iran-backed pick to be the next prime minister.

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