Iraq president tasks Abadi with forming government
Published on Aug 11, 2014 9:41 PM
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Monday tasked first deputy speaker of parliament Haidar al-Abadi with forming a government during a brief ceremony broadcast live on television.
"The country is now in your hands," Mr Masum told Mr Abadi, who moments earlier was selected as nominee for prime minister instead of incumbent Nuri al-Maliki by the Shi'ite National Alliance parliamentary bloc.
Mr Abadi was born in Baghdad in 1952 and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester.
Mr Masum is a Kurd and relations between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq have been strained of late.
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