Iraq’s Current, Former Prime Ministers Running in May Elections

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Sunday his candidacy for the May 12 parliamentary elections to choose a prime minister.

Abadi, a Shiite Muslim who led the country in the four-year war against Islamic State, said he will seek to form a cross-sectarian block called ‘‘the victory alliance’’ to contest the parliamentary elections, with candidates from other communities.

Abadi took over the premiership in 2014 from Nuri al-Maliki, a close ally of Iran widely criticized by Iraqi politicians for the army’s collapse as Islamic State militants swept through a third of...

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By: VOA - Saturday, 13 January

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