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Protestors in Baghdad hold a defaced picture of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during an April, 2020 demonstration

Iraq’s new prime minister: What lies ahead (Part 1)

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi — British citizen, former news columnist, and ex-intelligence chief — has now improbably risen to Iraq’s highest office. His opening was created thanks partly to the weakness of Iran, which is dealing with an economic crisis and the recent loss of General Qassem Soleimani to an American drone strike. In his first few weeks, Al-Kadhimi has appointed an impressive cabinet, taken charge of a tenuous security situation, and set his sights on jump-starting the economy. But he faces a difficult road ahead, with angry public protests and fractious militia politics.  

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