Baghdad                   –            Iraq’s president on Tuesday named pro-Western lawmaker and former Najaf metropolis governor Adnan Zurfi as the subsequent prime minister, tasked with ruling a rustic hit by army unrest, road protests and the coronavirus outbreak.

The nomination got here as Iraq confronted two separate rocket assaults, one close to the high-security Inexperienced Zone in Baghdad late Tuesday after a daybreak assault hit a army base internet hosting US-led coalition and NATO troops.

In a press release late Tuesday, 54-year-old Zurfi pledged elections inside a 12 months of forming his cupboard and vowed to reply to the calls for of protesters hitting the streets for months over authorities graft and inefficiency. He served a number of phrases as governor of the holy metropolis of Najaf and was elected within the 2018 parliamentary vote underneath the Nasr coalition, led by ex-PM Haider al-Abadi.

Zurfi as soon as belonged to the Dawa celebration, an opposition pressure to dictator Saddam Hussein who was ousted within the 2003 US-led invasion, and has spent years within the US.