Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi began talks with Iraqi political parties to discuss the formation of the government as he demanded ministerial candidates to submit their resumes, informed political sources stated on Friday.
Abdul Mahdi, according to sources, is seeking to finish selecting all the ministers before the end of the 30 days, determined by the Iraqi constitution, pointing out that he still faces difficulties and pressures in choosing ministers.
The announcement of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, head of the Iraqi Sadrist Movement, Wednesday that he will not nominate anyone to hold any ministerial post in the formation of the next Iraqi government provided a strong support to Abdul Mahdi to choose ministers freely, the sources added.
Newly-elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has named veteran Shia politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister and tasked him with forming a new government.
According to Iraq’s constitution, the Prime Minister has exactly 30 days to form the government.
Abdul-Mahdi, once a member of the Shi’a party known as Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, has been an independent since last year, making him Iraq’s first independent prime minister in 15 years.
“We agreed to grant him [the Prime Minister] a year to prove his success before Allah and Iraqi people with steady and serious steps towards building Iraq away from autocracy,” Sadr added. “Either reformation prevails gradually, or people shall revolt.”