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Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi introduced as new Iraqi PM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, Feb 1, IRNA -- Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi was finally appointed on Saturday as the new prime minister by the Iraqi president two months after Adil Abdul Mahdi's resignation and disagreement with political groups.

Iraqi President Barham Salih has chosen Allawi from the five-man list. He was offered two weeks ago to elect a new prime minister.

Alawi announced in a video released on Iraqi social networks and media that he had been formally appointed as the head of the new government.

Allawi said via videotape posted on Facebook that President Barham Salih had assigned him an hour ago to form a new government.

Allawi's appointment, after much bickering between political groups in the past two weeks, was finally agreed upon on Friday.

After the appointment, he praised the president and promised that he would do his best to hold early elections.

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