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Will Iraq's new PM pass on forming government?

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is under great pressure from the protesters to withdraw from the position, opening the space for a candidate acceptable from all sides.
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - FEBRUARY 1: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRAQI PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----)  Iraq's former communications minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is assigned by Iraq's president Barham Salih  to form a new government, in Baghdad, Iraq on February 1, 2020. (Photo by IRAQI PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Iraq's newly appointed prime minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi has a difficult task ahead as he seeks to form a new government. He is facing widespread lack of confidence from public protestors, as well as ongoing pressure from the country's traditional political forces to adhere to their terms.

Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, hinted during his Friday sermon that he may have concerns about Allawi's ability to successfully form a government. The sermon was delivered Feb. 7 on Sistani’s behalf by his representative Ahmed al-Safi.

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