United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Barham Salih on his election and swearing-in as Iraqi President…reports Asian Lite News

The newly-elected Iraqi President Barham Salih (1st R, Front) and prime minister-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi (2nd R, Front) leave the parliament building in Baghdad, Iraq

The Secretary-General hopes the election of the president will pave the way for the swift formation of an inclusive government in line with constitutional timelines, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman of Guterres, in a statement.

Salih has nominated Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi as Prime Minister and tasked him with forming a new government.

Guterres looks forward to working closely with President Salih on all issues of common concern, said the statement.

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