The introduction of the candidates for the remaining eight ministerial posts in Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's cabinet has been stalled by Muqtada al-Sadr's
objection to certain candidates, including Faleh
al-Fayyad, ASharq al-Awsat reported.
Tuesday's parliament session came without the remaining cabinet candidates being introduced due to Sadr's objection to the Building Coalition's candidate for the post of interior minister, Faleh al-Fayyad, and the Arab Project's candidate for minister of higher education, Dr. Saba Al-Taai.
For his part, a leading official of the Arab Project, Omar al-Hamiri, told Asharq al-Awsat that the Arab Project insists on taking the Ministry of Education, adding that their candidate for this ministry, Dr. Saba Al-Taai, has the required experience and potential.
The Saairun Alliance, backed by Sadr, said it would not vote for the remaining eight candidates unless these two candidates were changed. Saairun figure Ali Mahdi said in a statement that agreeing to form the government requires preventing former officials from being appointed as ministers.