BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s intelligence chief has been appointed the country’s third prime minister-designate in just over a month.
The appointment comes after the resignation of the most recent candidate Thursday amid political infighting. The upheaval threatened a leadership vacuum at the helm of the government amid a severe economic crisis and viral pandemic. Adnan Al-Zurfi’s candidacy was imperiled in the past 48 hours when key Shiite parties rallied around Iraq’s intelligence head, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, to replace him.
Kadhimi’s chances were further diminished when the main Kurdish and Sunni blocs withdrew support for his candidacy. Iraq’s president appointed Kadhimi, 53, as prime minister-designate shortly after Al-Zurfi’s resignation.