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Cleric Sadr calls PM to avoid handing 'key security posts' to parties, blocs

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday called upon Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to refrain from handing over key posts in interior and defense ministries to any political parties.

He stressed on Twitter that no party or bloc has the right to nominate any members to key security posts as the Iraqi army, police and other security authorities.

"There are important and sensitive positions, which could be one of the most instrumental elements of anti-corruption reform," he noted.

Sadr said the sensitive positions must be handed over to experienced and non-partisan figures.

According to Iraq’s constitution, the prime minister has 30 days to put together a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.