Mustafa al Kazimi’s chances of staying in power in a politically fractured country appear to be slim.
Numerous reports and local health experts have warned that Iraq's Covid-19 numbers are not genuine.
Mustafa al Kadhimi was nominated by President Barham Salih, state television reported, shortly after the previous designated prime minister, Adnan al Zurfi, announced he was withdrawing after having failed to secure support to pass a government.
Mohammed Allawi represents the same establishment protesters want to get rid of, and this is best encapsulated by Moqtada al Sadr's u-turn on the protest movement.
Barham Salih says he's "ready to resign" rather than designate Asaad al Edani – the candidate of a pro-Iranian coalition for the post of the prime minister – who he said would be rejected by protesters.
Iraqi protesters are concerned whether Prime Minister Mahdi's replacement will be acceptable to the nation, while experts warn that any bold moves by Iran could lead to further bloodshed or worse.
Anti-government protesters continue to shut down roads and government offices in the Iraqi capital, escalating a month-long string of rallies demanding political change.
Bahrain leads the charge in befriending Israel as Gulf nations prioritise the Iranian 'threat' and shove Palestine off the agenda.
Baghdad has become the centre of a tug of war between Washington and Tehran, but it's trying its best to maintain a balance between the two rivals while pursuing its own interests.
The two archrivals have recently been firing off salvos against each other, increasing tension not only in the Gulf but also around the world.
Navigating the divergent agendas of its neighbours, Iraqi leaders caution regional players against escalating tensions.
The US has deployed military equipment and pulled non-essential staff from its embassy in Iraq amid tensions with Iran.
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