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Six Candidates To Compete For Role As New Iraqi Prime Minister

Nominees announced by a senior member from the Construction Coalition

According to a senior member from the Construction Coalition, six Iraqi figures are in competition to be appointed the next prime minister of the new Iraqi government as the al-Nasr Coalition insists on keeping Haider al-Abadi in office for a second term.

Amir al-Faiz, a senior member of the Construction Coalition revealed that his coalition (consisting of Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law, Hadi al-Amiri’s al-Fatih Coalition, and other small Sunni and Shia blocs), and the Sairoon Coalition have each put forward three candidates to be the next prime minister.

Sairoon’s nominees are former oil minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, Basra governor Asaad al-Eidani and second-in-command of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service Abdul Wahab al-Saadi

The Construction Coalition meanwhile have presented Abdul Mahdi,  Ali Shukr and former Director of National Security Council Falih al-Fayyadh.

At the same time, Ali al-Snaid, a senior member of al-Nasr Coalition, has announced that current prime minister Abadi is still the favored candidate to remain in his role as prime minister.

Snaid added that Marja’iya, the Shia religious authority in al-Najaf, and Muqtada al-Sadr are also backing Abadi’s second term in office.

Source: Kurdistan 24

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