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Fatlawi denies rumors of being nominated to head Culture Ministry

Hanan Fatlawi

Former MP and Eradaa Movement leader Hanan al-Fatlawi denied on Saturday that she nominated herself for the post of minister of culture, tourism and antiquities in the new Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi.

"To the quasi-intellectuals who have been insulting me for days under the pretext that I will run for the Ministry of Culture, I would like to assure you that I have not been nominated and will not be nominated for [the Ministry of] Culture," she posted on Twitter.

Hassan al-Rubaie had been nominated for the post of culture minister, but was ultimately side-railed during Wednesday evening’s parliamentary vote on Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet.

Rubaie holds a degree in sociology from the University of Baghdad (2004), in addition to a master’s degree in social work management from Lebanon (2018), and has 16 research papers on the subjects of humanity and culture, according to the curriculum vitae presented to the parliament by Abdul Mahdi.

Political differences and Saairun Alliance’s rejection of Rubaie led to him not being approved to head the Ministry of Culture, showing the power that Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Saairun Alliance holds in the parliament.