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Once a relative unknown, Iraqi PM Abadi seeks second term

Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Aboulenein write for Reuters:

Few outside Iraq knew the name Haider al-Abadi in 2014 when he was plucked from relative obscurity to lead a nation in chaos.

Four years on, Abadi has defied the expectations of an army of skeptics.

A former electrical engineer once in charge of servicing BBC elevators during years of voluntary exile in the United Kingdom, Abadi is banking on his achievements in office to win a second term at May 12 elections.

But victory is far from certain.

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