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Abdul Mahdi to reshuffle 2 ministerial nominees - Saairun Alliance

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Prime Minister Adil Abdel Mahdi

Prime Minister Adil Abdel Mahdi is willing to make a reshuffle in his cabinet nominations, to replace two of his proposed ministers before parliament’s voting on Thursday, Saairun's deputy Ghayeb al-Amiri stated Wednesday.

The lawmaker said that Abdul Mahdi will make that last-minute change to avoid the dispute between the parliament’s two majority blocs, al-Binna’a and Reform, over the nominees of defense and interior ministries.

The parliament’s voting session on the remaining ministerial portfolios was postponed to next Thursday, for lack of quorum.

The MPs of Reform and Reconstruction Alliance, led by Saairun Alliance, withdrew from the session and boycotted the vote on Tuesday, in objection to the nominees of Abdul Mahdi for the interior and defense ministries. However, the session ended up by confirming three other ministers of planning, higher education and culture.

Former IMIS commander Faleh al-Fayadh, Abdul Mahdi's choice for the interior post, is viewed as extremely controversial due to his crimes and his connections to the Iranian regime. While Iranian-backed political blocs are pushing for Fayadh's appointment, he has been rejected by popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Saairun Alliance.



Parliament confirms 3 cabinet ministers, dispute continues

Iraq's parliament voted on Tuesday to approve three out of five ministers put forward by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, ending weeks of political stagnation among the two largest parliamentary blocs. Nuri al-Dulaimi, Qusay al-Suhail and Abdul Ameer al-Hamdani were confirmed to be ministers of Planning, Higher Education and Culture.