BAGHDAD, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi President Fuad Masoum on Monday asked Haidar al-Abadi to form the next government, the official television reported.
The state-run Iraqiya channel showed Masoum signing the letter, granting Abadi, the Shiite coalition's nominee for prime minister, the power to form the next government.
The Iraqi Speaker Salim al-Jubouri and Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the head of the Iraqi National Allaince, were present at the televised meeting.
Abadi thanked Masoum and pledged to do his best in the coming time within one month, a time span stipulated in the constitution.
Earlier, the Shiite lawmakers in the umbrella organization the Iraqi National Alliance, which includes Maliki's State of the Law bloc, sent a letter signed by 127 lawmakers, out of more than 170 members in the alliance, to the Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, nominating Abadi for the post to replace Maliki, according to Baghdad satellite channel.
Masoum held a meeting with lawmakers of the Alliance with the attendance of the Speaker Jubouri, to discuss the political development, the channel said.