October 2, 2018 / 7:49 PM / a year ago

Iraqi President Salih names Adel Abdul Mahdi PM-designate - lawmakers

FILE PHOTO: Iraq's Shi'ite Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi speaks during a news conference at the Iraqi parliament headquarters in Baghdad September 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani/File Photo

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named veteran Shi’ite politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming a new government, two lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday.

According to Iraq’s constitution, Abdul Mahdi now has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.

Salih named Abdul Mahdi less than two hours after he himself was elected president.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Gareth Jones

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