Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi sent the parliament a list of new candidates for both the education and justice ministries, in order to be voted on.
According to the list, Safana al-Hamadani is Abd al-Mahdi's candidate for the Education Ministry, while he sent the name of Arkan Karim as a candidate for the Justice Ministry.
Abd al-Mahdi said that he consulted with the political blocs concerning the two candidates, adding that the integrity and security authorities both checked the new candidates.
Hamadani is Abd al-Mahdi's candidate since January this year. She had applied for the posts online, an informed source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
“The PM had to resort to the electronic portal to choose the ministers after political blocs failed to agree on candidates for the remaining vacant posts: Education, Justice, Defense and Interior,” the source said, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.
Asked whether the legislature would vote on the two new candidates, the source said, referring to Hamadani and a former candidate that “Parliament wants to complete the cabinet lineup, therefore, the candidates have good chances.”
Abd al-Mahdi was assigned last October by President Barham Salih to form a government after being nominated by the two largest parliamentary Shiite-led Reform and al-Binaa coalitions.
After his appointment, he said qualified candidates have three days in October to submit their resumes online to apply to ministries and other posts through a website created for that purpose.
“Whoever has the experience and believes that she/he is eligible to run for a ministerial post and wants to nominate themselves, has to send their CV through the website iraqcabinet2018.com,” his office had said.
Abd al-Mahdi served as Minister of Oil in Haidar al-Abadi’s cabinet but resigned in 2016 after two years in office. He was also Iraqi vice president between 2005 and 2011.
According to an informal agreement adopted in 2005, the selection of ministers in Iraq is done through consensus of the various political forces.
Cabinet ministers must be Iraqi citizens with a college degree or equivalent, under terms of the constitution.
Soon after after launching the website, thousands of people submitted their applications for ministerial posts, according to a statement from Abd al-Mahdi’s office.