March 2, 2020 / 3:38 PM / in a month

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

BAGHDAD, March 2 (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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