Iraqi president tasks ex-governor with forming new government

Baghdad - By Kadhem al-Attabi, - A former provincial governor, Adnan al-Zurfi, was tasked with forming Iraq's next government on Tuesday, the country's second attempt at finding new political leadership in the wake of massive street protests.

President Barham Salih tasked former Najaf governor al-Zurfi with forming a cabinet and getting approval from parliament on the line-up within 30 days, a presidential decree said.
Al-Zurfi, who is currently a member of parliament, is the second hopeful to succeed Adel Abdel-Mahdi, who resigned after coming under pressure from massive street protests.
Former prime minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi stepped down on March 1 after trying to form a cabinet for a month. However, the parliament failed twice to vote on his proposed cabinet line-up due to wrangling among political rivals.
Protests have roiled Iraq since early October, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of the government, the dissolution of parliament and an overhaul of the country's political system, which has been in place since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. 
More than 500 people, mainly protesters, have been killed in violence since the demonstrations started in Iraq, according to rights groups.
Repeated reform pledges from the country's politicians have failed to placate the predominantly young protesters.
Al-Zurfi served as governor of Najaf province for 10 years until 2

Tuesday, March 17th 2020
By Kadhem al-Attabi,

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