Obama Welcomes Move To Name Iraq’s New PM
Barack Obama, the US president, has said Iraq took “a promising step” forward with the designation of a new prime minister, replacing Nouri al-Maliki.
Obama said on Monday he and Joe Biden, US vice president, had spoken with Haider al-Ibadi, offering the US support, hours after Iraqi president tasked the main Shia coalition nominee with the role.
“The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government,” Obama said, after criticism that Maliki has ruled divisively to advance Iraq’s Shia majority.
“This new leadership has a difficult task to regain the confidence of its citizens by governing inclusively and taking steps to demonstrate its resolve.”
Abidi was nominated for the job by the Shia National Alliance parliamentary bloc and later appointed by the president early on Monday during a brief ceremony broadcast live on television.