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Iraq's pick for prime minister appears to have approval of Iran
Iraq's pick for prime minister appears to have approval of Iran

The lawmaker tapped to succeed Nouri Maliki as Iraq’s prime minister appeared to receive the backing Tuesday of neighboring Iran, a crucial Baghdad ally and major supporter of political factions and militias in the deeply divided nation. The United States has already endorsed the nomination of Haider Abadi as Iraq’s next premier, the nation’s most powerful political post. On Tuesday, a top Iranian security official, Ali Shamkhani, publicly welcomed “the legal process of electing a new prime minister in Iraq,” reported the semiofficial Fars News Agency. Analysts widely interpreted the remarks as an indication that the Iranian leadership was satisfied with...

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