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Al-Kazemi takes over the premiership from his predecessor, Abdul-Mahdi

The new Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, assumed the presidency of the government on Thursday from his resigned predecessor, Adel Abdul Mahdi.

A statement issued by the Al-Kazemi office, reported to Shafak News, stated that the reception and handover of responsibility and ministerial portfolios took place in the presence of Al-Kazemi, Abdul-Mahdi and the ministers in both governments.

The statement quoted Al-Kazemi as saying, “We have sworn to protect this country, provide reassurance to the citizens and send a message to them that this government will work to provide ways of a decent life.”

He pointed to his “keenness to preserve the achievements made and cooperation to face the security, economic and health challenges facing the country.”

For his part, Abdul-Mahdi renewed his congratulations on the formation of the new government, stressing “the importance of the peaceful transfer of power as a democratic aspect, despite all the complications known in the political scene.”

Abdul-Mahdi praised the “selection of competent personalities for the new ministerial cabinet,” and called on former ministers to cooperate with their colleagues in the handover stage. Source