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Washington: Iraq Needs Government That Meets the Needs of Its People

Washington: Iraq Needs Government That Meets the Needs of Its People

Sunday, 2 February, 2020 - 10:00
Iraqi demonstrators take part at ongoing anti-government protests at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Saba Kareem

Washington confirmed support for the newly appointed Iraqi PM Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi on Saturday and said that they will work with the new government.

"Current conditions in Iraq and the region require an independent and honest government committed to addressing the needs of the Iraqi people. The nomination of Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi as a new Prime Minister must be followed up with efforts to accomplish that objective," the US embassy said on its official page on Facebook.

"The US regards the security of Iraq as vital and will work with the new government once formed to foster conditions for Iraq’s stability, prosperity, and sovereignty."

Earlier on Saturday, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih appointed Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as new Prime Minister on Saturday.

Allawi comes to power with the essential support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc is one of the biggest in parliament.

Sadr said in a tweet on Saturday that Salih’s appointment of Allawi as Iraq’s new prime minister could draw the support of people who have been demanding change in the way the country is governed.

“I hope the president’s appointment of Allawi is acceptable to the people and that they have patience,” read part of Sadr’s Arabic statement on Twitter, adding, “This is a good step”.

Allawi’s appointment came two months after former prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned in the face of mounting unrest and protest against corruption in Iraq.

The Iraqi parliament, where Sadr’s bloc is the largest, had been supposed to name a new premier but the deadline expired on Saturday, prompting Salih to appoint Allawi.

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