Iraq: New Government Convened

Iraq: New Government Convened

September 9, 2014 | 1133 GMT

The new Iraqi government, chaired by Haidar al-Abadi, held its first meeting Sept. 9 after receiving the confidence of the parliament the night before, Shafaq News reported. The new government has also received international recognition from the United Nations and U.S. President Barack Obama. Al-Abadi takes the place of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose popularity dwindled with the rise of the Islamic State.