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Iraq’s PM-Designate Faces Formidable Challenges

The decision Thursday by Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki to give up his post as prime minister leaves the difficult task of leading the nation out of crisis to his designated successor, Haider Jawad al-Abadi. Former colleague in parliament Abdul-Hadi al-Hassaini described Abadi to the Associated Press as “suave, open-minded, flexible,” and Columbia University scholar Ranj Alaaldin, in an interview with BBC, called Abadi “engaging, articulate and direct.” Abadi is a political insider who...

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