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Adil Abdul-Mahdi al-Muntafiki is an Iraqi politician who served as Minister of Finance (2004-2005, Vice President, Minister of Oil and Prime Minister of Iraq from October 2018 until May 2020. Abdul-Mahdi is an economist and was one of the vice presidents of Iraq from 2005 to 2011. He formerly served as minister of finance in the Interim government and Oil Minister from 2014 to 2016.
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Pompeo to Iraq PM: U.S. will take action in self-defense if attackedSecretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi the United States would take measures in self-defense if attacked, according to a statement on Monday, after a second rocket..
Iraq's Abdul Mahdi says will walk away from caretaker PM roleAdel Abdul Mahdi will walk away from his role as Iraq's caretaker prime minister and will not conduct most of his official duties, he said in a statement on Monday, deepening a political crisis in the..
Iraq president appoints Allawi as new premier, protesters reject himIraqi President Barham Salih appointed Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as prime minister on Saturday, state television reported, after squabbling parties failed to name a candidate in the two months since Adel..
Iraqi president says will pick new PM if deadlock drags onIraqi President Barham Salih said on Wednesday he would choose an interim prime minister if political parties failed to name a replacement for Adel Abdul Mahdi by Feb. 1.
Pompeo expresses outrage over Iran's targeting of U.S. facilities in IraqU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed outrage in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi at the continued assaults by Iran's armed groups targeting U.S. facilities in..
Iraq's Abdul Mahdi stresses the importance of de-escalation in the regionIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi stressed, in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, the importance of de-escalation in the region, according to a statement from his..
Iraq asks U.S. for mechanism on troop withdrawal: reportIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to devise a mechanism for a withdrawal of American troops from the country, the prime minister's office said on Friday..
Iraqi leader faces tricky balancing act as main allies confront one anotherIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday urged Washington and Tehran to show restraint following Iranian missile attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq as he sought to deal with the two long-standing..
Iraqi PM received word from Iran about missile attackIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received word from Iran that its response to the U.S. killing of its top general was either imminent or under way, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Iraq has received U.S. letter regarding troop withdrawal: PMIraq has received a letter from the U.S. army concerning the withdrawal of its troops from the country, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday.
Iraqi PM spoke with Germany's Merkel about foreign troop withdrawal: statementIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday about an Iraqi parliamentary resolution calling on foreign troops to leave the country, his office said.
Iraq and U.S. should work together on troop withdrawal: Iraqi PMIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday told the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad, Matthew Tueller, that both countries should work together on implementing an Iraqi parliamentary resolution on the..
British PM, Iraqi PM agree on need to de-escalate regional tensions: UK statementBritain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on the need to de-escalate tensions in the region when they spoke by phone on Monday, according to a UK..
Iraqi officials working to implement resolution on foreign troop withdrawal: PMIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday in a phone call that officials were currently working on implementing parliament's resolution on..
Iraqi PM and Saudi Crown Prince discuss ramifications of events in IraqIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi discussed the situation in his country and in the wider region with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday, his office said.
Iraqi PM declares national mourning for Soleimani, Muhandis: statementIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared on Saturday three days of national mourning for Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and others killed..
Iraqi PM condemns U.S. killing of Iran's Soleimani: statementIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi condemned on Friday the "assassination" of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. air strike in..
Trump spoke with Iraqi PM on need to protect Americans: White HousePresident Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abd al-Mahdi and emphasized the need to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, the White House said in a statement, after an..
Iraq's prime minister warns against aggression toward foreign embassiesIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi warned on Tuesday against any aggression towards foreign embassies and representations in Baghdad, asking protesters outside the U.S. embassy to leave.
Iraq condemns U.S. air strikes as unacceptable and dangerousIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned U.S. air strikes on Iranian-backed Iraqi militia bases, a move that could plunge Iraq further into the heart of a proxy conflict between..
U.S. air strikes will have "dangerous consequences", Iraqi PM saysIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned air strikes by the United States on several bases belonging to an Iranian-backed militia group in Iraq and said the attack would have..
Political deadlock delays choice of new PM to steer Iraq out of crisisIraqi lawmakers said on Thursday that deadlock in parliament was holding up the selection of an interim prime minister, meaning leaders would miss a deadline to name a replacement for Adel Abdul Mahdi..
Pentagon chief urges Iraq to stop attacks on bases housing U.S. forcesU.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to take steps to prevent bases housing U.S. troops from being shelled, a statement from the premier's office..
Iraqi cleric says no foreign meddling to choose new PM, in nod to IranIraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference in an apparent nod to Iranian dominance in the country a week after incumbent Adel..
Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interferenceIraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference after Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation a week ago.
Parliament approves Iraqi prime minister's resignationIraq's parliament voted on Sunday to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, following weeks of violent anti-government protests that have rocked the country.
Iraq PM says he will quit after cleric's call but violence rages onIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of..
Iraqi prime minister says he will resign: statementIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Friday he would offer his resignation to parliament to allow lawmakers to choose a new government, in a move that follows weeks of violent anti-government..
Iraq PM announces resignation after call from top Shi'ite clericIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric called for lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks..
Pence visits U.S. troops in Iraq, to meet prime minister: government sourceU.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in Iraq on Saturday to visit U.S. troops and was set to meet Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, a source in the premier's office said.
Pompeo 'deplored' the death toll at protests in phone call with Iraqi PM: State DeptU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi "deplored the death toll" among protesters due to the crackdown of the Iraqi government and urged him to..
Iraqi PM concedes 'mistakes made' as protesters pushed back in BaghdadIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that political parties had "made mistakes" in their running of the country, promising electoral reform and other measures as he sought to bring an..
Iraqi PM calls for protests to allow a return to 'normal life'Iraq's Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi said on Saturday that although protests were important in bringing about reform, life in the country must be allowed to return to normal.
Blockage of Umm Qasr port has cost Iraq over $6 billion: PM's spokesmanThe blocking of Iraq's major Umm Qasr port on the Gulf by anti-government protesters has cost the country over $6 billion so far, a spokesman for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Wednesday.
Iraq’s PM urges protesters to stop, says unrest is hurting the economyIraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi appealed on Sunday to protesters to help restore normal life across the country and said the unrest was costing the economy "billions of dollars".
Iraqi protesters reject leadership changes, demand systemic overhaulIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi will step down only if parliament's main blocs can agree on his replacement, the country's president said on Thursday, but tens of thousands of protesters said his..
Exclusive: Iran intervenes to prevent ousting of Iraqi prime minister - sourcesIran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraq's most influential figures amid weeks of anti-government demonstrations, sources close to both men..
Amid unrest, Iraqi PM will only resign if replacement found: presidentIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is ready to resign only if parliament's main blocs can agree on his replacement, President Barham Salih said on Thursday, as tens of thousands gathered in Baghdad..
Iraq prime minister's fate in limbo as crowds of demonstrators swellIraq's most powerful politicians appeared to withhold support for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday, as anti-government protests swelled into the biggest mass demonstrations the country has..
Iraqi prime minister's main backers agree to oust himIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's two main backers have agreed to work to remove him from office as protests against his government gained momentum in Baghdad and much of the Shi'ite south only..
Iraqi cleric Sadr calls for early election: statementPopulist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Monday called on Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to announce early parliamentary elections overseen by the United Nations and without the participation..
Iraq deploys counter-terrorism forces to protect Baghdad buildingsIraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service said on Sunday it had deployed in the streets of Baghdad upon Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's orders to protect important state buildings while security forces..
Fifteen killed, dozens wounded as Iraq protests flare for second dayAt least 67 Iraqis were killed and hundreds wounded in two days of protests over the weekend, as demonstrators clashed with security forces and militia groups in a second wave of protests against Prime..
Iraqi PM orders deployment of elite troops to end Baghdad protests -sourcesIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has ordered elite counter-terrorism troops to deploy in the streets of Baghdad and use any means to end protests against his government, two security sources told..
Two killed, 26 wounded as protests flare again in IraqTwo people were killed in southern Iraq and 26 were wounded in Baghdad on Saturday, police and hospital sources said, as demonstrators and security forces clashed in protests against Prime Minister..
Iraqis gather for more protests after violence kills 40Several hundred demonstrators gathered in central Baghdad on Saturday, brandishing Iraqi flags and calling Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi a "worm", after a day of violent protests in which at least 40..
Iraqi PM warns against violence on eve on planned anti-government protestsIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday people would be free to exercise their right to demonstrate at imminent anti-government protests, but warned violence would not be tolerated.
Pentagon chief says U.S. forces enter, leave Iraq with government permission: Iraqi PMU.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday the United States respects Iraq's sovereignty and that U.S. forces enter and leave Iraq with Baghdad's..
Iraq appoints two new ministers after PM promises sweeping reformIraq appointed new education and health ministers on Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi promised to reshuffle his government and enact reforms to try to stem unrest.
Iraqi PM announces cabinet reshuffle after week of bloody protestsIraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday announced a cabinet reshuffle, declared three days of national mourning and said those who shot protesters would be punished as he sought to quell..