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Iraq appoints new prime minister

Iraq appoints new prime minister

The appointment took place following the resignation of Adel Abdul-Mahdi

Iraqi President Barham Salih named Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as the 50th prime minister of the country on Saturday, official news agency WAM reported.

The appointment took place in the wake of the resignation of Adel Abdul-Mahdi in December following mass protests.

The ex-president served little over a year in office, the statement said.

In a video message, the incumbent Allawi announced that he has been chosen by Salih, but urged protesters to continue their peaceful demonstrations until early elections have been held and their demands are met.

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