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Iraq Parliament Approves Cabinet Overhaul, Bolstering PM Abadi

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Aug 15 – Iraq’s parliament approved the appointment of Jabar Ali al-Luaibi, former head of the main state oil firm, as oil minister in a cabinet overhaul on Monday that bolsters Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s leadership. Luaibi, who led the South Oil Company that produces most of the OPEC nation’s crude,

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Powerful Iraqi Cleric Says Supporters’ Protests Meant to Help Reforms

BAGHDAD, March 7 – Powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday street protests by his supporters demanding the Iraqi government’s resignation were intended to bolster the resolve of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised reforms. Last Friday, in the biggest show of opposition yet to Abadi’s authority, Sadr told around 200,000

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