The Saairun Alliance asserted its persistence on handing over Iraq’s security ministries, namely Interior and Defense, to responsible figures, pointing out that “Iraq remains bigger than all of the nominated names.”
“The issue is not related to specific people, we respect all of them, but it is related to the stability of Iraq,” Official spokesperson of the Alliance, Hamad Al-Rikabi said, adding that the Alliance put forward a number of necessary principles and foundations for the nomination of ministers.
He further explained that the ministries and security positions are very important to the stability of the country, and therefore, such position must be chosen carefuly.
“We have said that the best figures who can take over these positions are the leaders who bear the burden of responsibility within the security services and able to manage these ministries,” he added.
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.