Thamir Ghadhban proposed to co-lead interim government

Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said his two deputies and his security chief should effectively run the government until a new premier is confirmed or elections take place.
Thamir Ghadhban proposed to co-lead interim government
Iraqi President Barham Salih posted pictures on the Iraqi Presidency Twitter account of his prime minister search meetings Monday with (clockwise): the head of the al-Hikma National movement, Ammar al-Hakim; the head of the State of Law coalition, Nouri al-Maliki; the head of the Al-Nasr coalition, Haider al-Abadi; and the head of the Fatih Alliance, Hadi al-Amiri.

Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi on Monday sent a letter to Iraq's president and speaker of Parliament outlining a leave of absence in the wake of Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi's withdrawal from consideration late Sunday, effectively putting Oil Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Thamir Ghadhban in a caretaker position.

President Barham Salih has 15 days to nominate a new person as prime minister, who then has 30 days to get a cabinet approved by Parliament. While Salih published pictures on Twitter of meetings with party leaders, Abd al-Mahdi's letter outlines a longer-term scenario of delayed government formation and early national elections.

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