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Former Director Of Intelligence Sworn In As Prime Minister Of Iraq

According to the Associated Press news agency , early on May 7 (local time), Former Director of Iraqi Intelligence Agency, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was sworn in as the new Prime Minister to the country's lawmakers.

Thus, Iraq has a new prime minister after weeks of intense political negotiations, in the context of the country is facing a serious economic crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, on the evening of 6/5, the Iraqi parliament voted to approve Mr. Al-Kadhimi's cabinet, ending weeks of political deadlock. Nearly all 255 MPs attending the meeting approved 15 ministers and rejected the remaining 5 ministers.

Mr. Al-Kadhimi later shared on Twitter:
"My cabinet has won the support of parliament and we will act to gain the trust and support of the Iraqi people. I am grateful to those who have worked with us to form the government."  

Shortly after being appointed Iraqi Prime Minister, Mr. Al-Kadhimi resigned as Director of Iraqi Intelligence Agency. He took on a new position in the face of Iraq facing unprecedented crises.

Speaking at the National Assembly session, Mr. Al-Kadhimi pledged that the new government would have the answers to the current social, economic and political crises. The new Prime Minister affirmed that the government would provide solutions, not increase the crisis.

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