Iraq Chooses New Prime Minister, an Ex-Security Chief Backed by U.S.


With the selection of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq has its first real government in more than five months. He will confront an array of daunting problems.

By Alissa J. Rubin
May 6, 2020
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Parliament chose an American-backed former intelligence chief as the new prime minister early Thursday morning, giving the country its first real government in more than five months as it confronts an array of potentially crippling crises.

The prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, 53, who has a reputation for pragmatism, was also seen as an acceptable choice to Iran, the other major foreign power competing for influence in Iraq.

Mr. al-Kadhimi is Iraq’s first real prime minister since the last one resigned in November in the face of persistent antigovernment protests.

He has already promised to take a new approach to the social unrest, meeting protesters and consulting with them rather than backing the previous government’s sporadic efforts to crush or ignore the turmoil.


3 replies

    • Correct response. During the run up to the last election I tweeted Trump, he ran to the wall, (jews icon in Jerusalem), returned to the US and promised the jews he would help them if he is elected. Plain to see he is keeping his promise. The jews have been in trouble six times and dealt with (6th time: WW1, The Kaiser “the jews behind the trouble”). They were handed Palestine by London, armed, financed and backup to date by the US. They are still in the background, the people blinded to them by the Bible and Qu’ran.

      • Re my “Correct response”. I’ve remembered a pop record “I stumble and fall, I run to the wall” the name of the singer slips my mind.

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