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Halbousi demands Counter-Terrorism Service to nominate a Defense Minister

Parliament's Speaker, Mohamed al-Halbousi
As Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday that the remaining ministers will be chosen based on consensus between political parties, Parliament's Speaker, Mohamed al-Halbousi sent letters to several leaders from the Counter-Terrorism Service to nominate one of them for the post of Defense Minister.

Halbousi’s letter disregards restrictions about choosing certain key positions that are being linked to the share of parties based on sectarian and ethnic quotas.

Leading Iraqi political figure have been objecting the the Muhassasa system that allows leaders of different ethnic backgrounds to take various roles in the government, including some key ministries, regardless of the expertise and skills required for the positions.

Al-Binaa Alliance (construction) has been insisting on applying the Muhassasa system, moreover, it nominated a sole candidate to the Ministry of Defense, namely Falih Alfayyadh, head of the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).

Last month, Mahdi presented his candidates for eight ministerial positions after a month of tough negotiations and serious disagreements over candidates for the Interior and Defense ministries.

Abdul Mahdi, who took office in October, was chosen as the result of a political compromise between the rival two largest parliamentary coalitions.

An attempt to fill the eight remaining ministries earlier this month was postponed after influential cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr and the Iran-backed Al-Binnaa were locked in disagreement.

Al-Binaa is a coalition led by Hadi Al-Amiri, head of Badr Organization, a Shiite armed faction.