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Iraq President meets with Eidani as part of PM nomination process

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Iraqi President Barham Salih is meeting with Asaad Al Eidani as part of the nomination process for the role of prime minister.

Eidani, the governor of the oil-rich Basra province, is considered a front runner for the job.

His nomination comes as Iraq faces violent anti-government protests that have resulted in about 450 deaths. Demonstrators have been protesting Iran’s interference in the country's politics, as well as outgoing higher education minister Qusay al-Suhail’s candidacy for prime minister.