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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