Shafaq News / The Iraqi President Barham Salih commissioned on Thursday the head of the Intelligence Agency, Mustafa al-Kathemi to form the new Iraqi government, after Adnan al-Zorfi announced stepping down.
Al-Zorfi considered his apology for continuing due to "preserving the unity and supreme interests of Iraq."
Al-Zorfi’s failure to form the government came after Shi’ite and Sunni forces agreed as well as Kurdistan region, to nominate the head of the intelligence service, Mustafa al-Kathemi to form the next government.
Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani and the Iraqi Forces Alliance led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi and the National Alliance led by Iyad Allawi announced Al-Kathemi to succeed the resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
Al-Kathemi has a 30-day deadline beginning April 9 to form the new government that Muhammad Allawi and Adnan al-Zorfi failed to form.
Shafaq News publishes a biography of the new assigned Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kathemi:
Mustafa Abd al-Latif, known as al-Kathemi was born in Baghdad in 1967, he is affiliated with al-Gharib tribe, as his family was displaced from Al-Shatrah - Dhi Qar to Karkh Baghdad (Al-Kadhimiya).
His father, Haji Abdul Latif Mashtat al-Gharibawi lived in Baghdad from Al-Shatrah in 1963, and his last job was as a technical supervisor at Baghdad Airport.
Abdel-Latif Mashtat was a representative of the National Democratic Party, Kamel Al-Jadriji Party in Al-Shatrah.
Al-Kathemi has a bachelor degree in law, he has a non-Iraqi nationality passport during the political asylum in the time of opposing Saddam Hussein's regime.
Mustafa Al-Kathemi left Iraq in 1985 through Kurdistan to Iran, then Germany, then Britain as he chose Al-Kathemi's title during his work as a journalist.
He also worked as editor-in-chief of a weekly magazine - whose franchise was Barham Salih - as he emerged in the field of conflict resolution and documentation of the previous regime's crimes. He worked as an executive director of the Iraqi Memory Foundation that contributed to documenting testimonies and collecting films about victims of the previous regime and ran the Humanitarian Dialogue Foundation to establish an alternative dialogue.