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Ministrial cabinet to be settled before parliament on Monday: MP

Adil Abdulmahdy
Prime Minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi

A final Iraqi cabinet lineup, put together by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, will be settled in the upcoming parliament session on Monday, MP for the Construction Coalition Fadel Jaber stated on Saturday.

 

The remaining ministries in the Cabinet will be decided during the parliament session, especially that there have been negotiations between the political blocs on Faleh al-Fayadh and Qusay al-Suhail as potential candidates.

“Candidates for the ministries of justice and education have been changed by other names. They have not announced yet, but they will be presented with the rest of the names to take over their ministerial positions,” he added.

 

Abdul Mahdi will reportedly change his list of candidates to some remaining ministers in response to the objections of political blocs, sources close to the government decision stated on Friday.

Abdul Mahdi refused to provide the remaining ministries separately as he seeks present the full list of names at once, especially after the fierce objection he faced after nominating Falih al-Fayad to the Ministry of Interior.

Tuesday's parliament session came without the remaining cabinet candidates being introduced due to Muqtada al-Sadr's objection to the Building Coalition's candidate for the post of interior minister, Faleh al-Fayad, and the Arab Project's candidate for minister of higher education, Dr. Saba Al-Taai.

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.

Last Modified: Saturday، 10 November 2018 11:47 AM
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