Iraq's top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in a letter read by his representative, Ahmed al-Safi, that he urges protesters and security forces not to use violence in the ongoing demonstrations.
A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.