Monday marks the end of the deadline set for appointing a new Iraqi prime minister to succeed Mohammed Allawi, the designated PM who withdrew his candidacy, and outgoing Premier Adel Abdul Mahdi.
Allawi withdrew on the last day of the constitutional duration because of a lack of quorum at parliament to vote on his proposed cabinet lineup.
Abdul Mahdi, meanwhile, said he would take “voluntary absence” and not carry out most official duties. He asked for a deputy prime minister or minister to chair cabinet meetings.
People close to him say his step was aimed at increasing the pressure to choose a successor.
Head of the Sanad parliamentary bloc Ahmed al-Asadi announced Sunday that the seven-member committee that represents the leaderships of the Shiite blocs has agreed after a series of meetings to choose a consensus figure to head the new government.
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