The Iraqi parliament will vote on the five remaining unoccupied ministerial portfolios in Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's cabinet during Monday’s parliamentary session, according to the spokesperson of Fatah Alliance.
The political blocs have agreed on candidates for the Education and Migrants ministries, according to Ahmed al-Assadi, revealing that the other three portfolios are still disputed.
“Monday’s session will be decisive to complete the cabinet lineup,” Fatah MP Amer al-Fayez affirmed on Sunday, saying that the disputed nominees will be replaced by others to end a month-long chaos.
On December 18, the parliament voted to approve three out of five ministers put forward by Abdul Mahdi, ending weeks of political stagnation among the two largest parliamentary blocs, Reform and al-Binna’a, over the candidates for security portfolios and Ministry of Justice.
Nuri al-Dulaimi, Qusay al-Suhail and Abdul Ameer al-Hamdani were confirmed to be ministers of Planning, Higher Education and Culture, while nominees for Minister of Education and Minister of Displacement and Migration, the only women to be nominated for cabinet positions so far, both failed to get enough votes.
Chaos has been ensuing Abdul Mahdi's attempts to complete his government for weeks, mainly over his nominations for the defense and interior ministries. 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.
Sources affirmed that Abdul Mahdi will attend the voting session, to ensure approving his candidates, pointing out that he ran intensified meetings with all political blocs to reach a deal over approving Fayadh as interior minister.