Iraq names new PM after months of protests
Iraq has named a new prime minister after four months of protests.
Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, a former communications minister, was appointed by President Barham Salih.
His predecessor Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned in November, amid mass anti-government demonstrations. Hundreds of protesters have been killed.
Mr Allawi now has a month to form a new government, which he will lead until early elections. He immediately expressed support for the protests.
Earlier this week, local media reported that President Saleh had given parliament an ultimatum to decide on a new prime minister before he took the decision himself, after previous candidates were rejected by protesters.