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Iraqi president faces pressure to pick PM

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Filed on February 1, 2020 | Last updated on February 1, 2020 at 05.30 am
iraqi, president, prime minister, pressure

(Reuters file)

Iraq's capital and south have been gripped by four months of anti-government protests demanding snap elections.

Pressure mounted on Iraq's political elite on Friday to nominate a new premier, after a stern sermon from the country's top Shia authority and a call for fresh protests by firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr.

Iraq's capital and south have been gripped by four months of anti-government protests demanding snap elections, a politically independent prime minister and an end to corruption.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani piled on the pressure in his weekly Friday sermon, urging parties to "accelerate the formation of a new government".


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