Iraq's Prime Minister-designate is urged to swiftly form an inclusive government

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Iraq's Prime Minister-designate has been urged by the Security Council to swiftly form an inclusive government.

Early this week, President Fuad Masum nominated Haide al-Abadi as Iraq's Prime Minister and charged him with forming a new government.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the Security Council said its members are encouraged by the decision to nominate the new Prime Minister-designate.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"The Council says that the nomination is an important step towards the formation of an inclusive Government that represents all segments of the Iraqi population and that contributes to finding a viable and sustainable solution to the country's current challenges. Council members have urged the Prime Minister-designate, Haider al-Abadi, to work swiftly to form an inclusive Government. They have also urged all political parties and their supporters to remain calm and respect the political process." (28")

Iraq is facing a huge humanitarian crisis with thousands of people forced to flee their homes as a result of attacks by armed groups, especially the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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