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UN chief hopes for 'swift' formation of Iraqi government

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday (October 3rd) he hopes for the "swift" formation of an "inclusive" Iraqi government following the election of the country's president, AFP reported.

"The secretary-general hopes the election of the president will pave the way to the swift formation of an inclusive government in line with constitutional timelines," Guterres said in a statement that also congratulated Barham Saleh on his election as Iraq's new president.

Saleh tasked Adel Abdel Mahdi -- who is seen as an independent -- with forming the next Iraqi government late Tuesday, only hours after being elected.

The prime minister designate faces an uphill task of bridging differences among sharply-divided Iraqi political parties.

The largest bloc traditionally appoints the prime minister and presides over the formation of the next government, but the exact contours of a new governing coalition are yet to be drawn.

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