THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Sources in Iraq have confirmed to The Levant this Monday that Iraq’s president has formally asked Haider Al-Abadi, the Shi’ite coalition’s nominee for prime minister, to form a government.
The announcement came following reports that Parliament broke up all sessions until August 19 after lawmakers were unable to agree on a nominee for the post of prime minister despite ever-growing international pressure.
While Al Abadi’s nomination came as a relief to the international community, incumbent PM Nuri Al Maliki is likely to reject the move and argue that he still has legitimacy.
Who is al Abadi?
Dr Haider Al-Abadi is an Iraqi politician and spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party. Al-Abadi was appointed Minister of Communications in the Iraqi Governing Council on 1 September 2003. A Shia Muslim and electronic consultant engineer by training with a PhD degree from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1980, and a BSc degree from the University of Baghdad in electrical engineering in 1975. Al-Abadi lived in exile during the time of Saddam Hussein in London.
Upon his return to Iraq in 2003 Al Abadi’s political career took off. In 2005, he served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq in the first elected Government.
He was elected member of Iraqi Parliament in 2005 and chaired the parliamentary committee for Economy, Investment and Reconstruction. Al-Abadi was re-elected as member of Iraqi Parliament representing Baghdad in the general election held on March 7, 2010. In 2013, he chaired the Finance Committee and was at the center of a parliamentary dispute over the allocation of the 2013 Iraqi budget.