The appointment of al-Kadhimi as prime minister on May 7 ended months of political deadlock that left the country without a fully functioning government [File: Reuters]
As the Iraqi parliament approved the majority of former intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s ministerial picks on Thursday, it effectively paved the way for a new phase in Iraqi politics with him as prime minister.
The appointment of al-Kadhimi ended a political deadlock that left the country without a fully functioning government for more than five months. Two previous leaders had failed to form a new cabinet because of rival wrangling after Adel Abdul Mahdi stepped down in November amid mass anti-government protests.
But al-Kadhimi’s ascent to the premiership has not been a smooth ride. By the