UPDATE 1-Congenial new Iraq leader wins allies, but no easy path to save nation

September 8, 2014 10:45 PM

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* PM says Iraq needs to decentralise power (Adds parliament approves Abadi's new government)

BAGHDAD, Sept 8 (Reuters) - It is no coincidence that Iraq's new prime minister is more likeable than his predecessor. Haider al-Abadi was handpicked last month to detoxify a political system poisoned to the point of collapse under the dour and mercurial Nuri al-Maliki.

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