Iraqi parliament approves new government headed by Haider al-Abadi

Iraq's new premier Haider Abadi speaks to Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, on Sept 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Iraq's new premier Haider Abadi speaks to Iraqi lawmakers before submitting his government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, on Sept 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi parliament approved a new government headed by Haider Abadi as prime minister on Monday night.

No interior or defence minister was named but Abadi pledged to do so within a week.

Adel Abdel Mehdi from the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq was named oil minister while Ibrahim Jafaari, a former premier, was named foreign minister.

The Iraqi government faces multiple crises, including the seizure of Sunni Muslim areas of the country by Islamic State fighters and other armed groups.