Adil Abd al-Mahdi, ex-oil minister, tapped as Iraq prime minister

Hours after being elected president, Barham Salih tasks Adil Abd al-Mahdi, the former oil minister, to form the next government.
Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi tours the besieged Baiji refinery on Sept. 11, 2014, a day after formally taking office. (Source: Office of Adil Abd al-Mahdi)

BAGHDAD - Adil Abd al-Mahdi, Iraq's former oil minister, was named prime minister designate on Tuesday, hours after Barham Salih, was elected president of Iraq in a political standoff.

Their victories give momentum to a government-formation process that had been moving slowly since national elections on May 12.

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