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.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.