Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi speaks during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool/File Photo
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The Iraqi Parliament Monday set May 12 for elections, the winner of which will face the daunting tasks of rebuilding Iraq after a three-year war with Daesh (ISIS) and a battle against entrenched corruption that is eating away at its oil revenue.The May election will decide the prime minister who will lead Iraq for the next four years, a position reserved to the Shiite Arab majority.Abadi took over the premiership in 2014 from Maliki, who was widely blamed by Iraqi politicians for the army's collapse as Islamic State seized a third of Iraq.Sadr, who has a large following among Iraq's urban poor, had criticized Abadi for his possible alliance with Amiri, saying it contradicted the prime minister's stated ambitions to reform the state.
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