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Iraqi deadline passes with no decision on prime minister

Iraqi political parties have failed in selecting a new prime minister, amid the rising tension between the United States and the Iran-backed Shiite militias.

Political parties in Iraq continue to fail in finding a new prime minister and forming a transitional government that would lead the country to early elections and a new political order. This has created a power vacuum exploited by the militias to recover from the killing of their leaders — Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, one of the leaders of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — reorganizing themselves and forming new militias.

The deadline for designating a prime minister ended today, March 16, and yet there is no agreement about any candidate among the political parties.

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