Adil Abd al-Mahdi takes power as government begins to form

Parliament has officially confirmed the new prime minister and a majority of his Cabinet, although key posts, including defense and interior ministers, are unresolved.
Adil Abd al-Mahdi takes power as government begins to form
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi with 14 of his newly confirmed cabinet members on Oct. 24, 2018. (Source: Iraqi Parliament website)

BAGHDAD - Adil Abd al-Mahdi was confirmed as Iraq's fifth prime minister since the Coalition Provisional Authority late Wednesday, along with 14 of 22 Cabinet ministers, with more political wrangling to come.

The new government reflects a broad cross-section of political parties and ethno-sectarian identity groups - continuing a trend of consensus governance that has characterized Iraq for more than a decade, resulting in both broad participation in the political process and dysfunctional patronage-based politicking.

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