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President Salih discusses cabinet formation with Allawi, Mutlaq

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President Barham Salih and Head of The National Coalition Ayad Allawi
President Barham Salih discussed on Tuesday the formation of the Iraqi government with head of The National Coalition Ayad Allawi, and head of Arab Front Bloc Salih al-Mutlaq.

In separate meetings, Salih asserted to Allawi and Mutlaq the importance of supporting Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s efforts in completing the formation of the government, and executing the governmental program to serve the citizens.

Eight ministries, including the vital defense and interior portfolios, remain vacant. Parliament is set to vote on the final cabinet lineup in the next few days, after two delays due to political disagreements over nominees.

The ministers chosen are Faleh al-Fayadh for minister of interior, Faisal al-Jarba for defense minister, and Saba al-Tai for minister of education.

The remaining nominations include Nouri al-Karbouli for minister of planning, Abdul Amir al-Hamdani for minister of culture, Qusay al-Suhail for minister of higher education, Dara Noureddine for minister of justice, and Hala Korkis for minister of migration and displaced.

The new government faces the daunting task of rebuilding much of the country after a devastating war against ISIS, as well as solving acute economic problems as well as power and water shortages.
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