File photo: Haidar al-Abadi
A senior US diplomat with responsibility for Iraq on Monday congratulated Haidar al-Abadi on being tasked by President Fuad Masum to form a new government as prime minister.
Earlier, Iraq's President Fuad Masum had asked Abadi, formerly first deputy speaker of parliament, to set up a new government, despite resistance from incumbent Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki.COMMENTARY: The American political strategy of withholding full military support during Iraq’s current crisis appears to have worked.
Interestingly, the Badr organization were not among the supporters that tilted away from Maliki towards Abadi.
As of this writing, there has been no official Iranian communique congratulating the selection of Haidar al-Abadi to form a new Iraq government.
Unlike Maliki, during the time of Saddam Hussein, Abadi spent his exile in the West, not Iran.