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Iraqi PM's nominee as finance minister withdraws candidacy

by Reuters
Wednesday, 6 April 2016 20:14 GMT

BAGHDAD, April 6 (Reuters) - Ali Allawi, who Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi nominated last week to serve as finance minister in a new technocrat govenrment, withdrew his candidacy on Wednesday, citing "political interventions and partisan bickering".

A letter dated April 6, which a source in Allawi's office and Kurdish officials confirmed as authentic, said political infighting "will certainly abort the radical and comprehensive reform project", which Abadi has been advocating.

(Reporting by Isabel Coles in Erbil and Stephen Kalin in Baghdad)

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