March 1, 2020 / 9:24 PM / a month ago

Iraq's Allawi withdraws his candidacy for prime minister post - tweet

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi delivers a televised speech in Baghdad, Iraq February 19, 2020. Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Allawi withdrew his candidacy for the post late on Sunday, saying on Twitter that certain politicians had placed obstacles in his way, hours after parliament again failed to approve his cabinet.

The move deepened a political crisis in the oil producer, where mass protests and deadlock between lawmakers are delaying the country’s recovery from years of war.

Reporting by Hisham Abdel Khalek, Nadine Awadalla and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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