March 2, 2020 / 3:37 PM / in a month

Iraq's Abdul Mahdi says will walk away from caretaker PM role

FILE PHOTO: A still image taken from a video shows Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi delivering a speech on reforms ahead of planned protest, in Baghdad, Iraq October 25, 2019. IRAQIYA TV via REUTERS TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Adel Abdul Mahdi will walk away from his role as Iraq’s caretaker prime minister and will not conduct most of his official duties, he said in a statement on Monday, deepening a political crisis in the oil producer.

Abdul Mahdi called on parliament to call early elections on Dec. 4, the statement said, which came a day after lawmakers failed to approve a cabinet of his designated successor Mohammed Allawi, who later then withdrew his candidacy.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Alison Williams

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