UN envoy to Iraq welcomes Adel Abdul-Mahdi as PM-designate

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-03 18:38:47|Editor: xuxin
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BAGHDAD, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Special Envoy to Iraq Jan Kubis on Wednesday welcomed naming Adel Abdul-Mahdi as Prime Minister-designate who will form Iraq's next government, and urged him to abide by the constitutional timelines.

A statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said that "the UN reiterates its support for the Iraqi people as they build a new future of peace, stability and prosperity."

As the country is moving forward from post Islamic State (IS) conflict, Iraq needs a stable national government that brings Iraqi factions together to restore hope for a better future, according to the statement.

"This government should be formed well within the constitutional timeline, and should be professional, competent, truly representative and inclusive of women in its cabinet posts," the statement said.

"We recognize the enormous challenges he faces and we stand side by side with him as he leads the country in its steady march towards a future of stability, economic growth and prosperity," the statement quoted Kubis as saying.

Meanwhile, Kubis congratulated Barham Salih, in a separate statement late on Tuesday, on his election by the parliament as the president of Iraq.

Kubis urged the Iraqi leaders and the political parties in the Council of Representatives (Parliament) to "expeditiously proceed, with the same vigor and in adherence to the constitutional timelines," the statement said.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament elected Barham Salih as the president of Iraq, who later named Adel Abdul-Mahdi as PM-designate and tasked him to form the new cabinet for the next four years.

According to Iraqi constitution, the Prime Minister-designate has 30 days to put together a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval, as the parliament must approve the government program and each individual minister in separate absolute majority votes.