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Iraq's new ministers to be checked again: Zayadi

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Saairun Alliance's Bader al-Zayadi criticized the new government headed by Prime Minsiter Adil Abdul Mahdi for nominating a minister whose brother reportedly belongs to ISIS, urging the other new ministers to be looked at again.

Recent reports showed that the brother of Shaimaa al-Hayali, the new education minister, is an ISIS member. The new minister resigned on Saturday following the reports.

Zayadi said in a press statement that the parliament will review the biographies of ministers who have gained confidence following the latest incident.

The minister of education did not legally gain the confidence of the parliament, Zayadi asserted. He explained that it was found after reviewing a video of the session that the number of voters was less than the quorum.

He added that Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi solely decided to grant Hayali the confidence.

Hayali was appointed minister of education in Abdul Mahdi's government on Monday. She resigned after Iraqi social media pages circulated videos and photos that users claimed confirmed her brother, Laith al-Hayali, became a member of the terror organization after the fall of Mosul.


In a statement, Hayali said ISIS “had forced everyone to work for them,uttering threats against those who refused once they seized Mosul in 2014."

 

She argued her brother was among those pressured to hold his official post under the self-proclaimed caliphate’s rule.

A video recording that was published on social media websites and news outlets had been broadcast by an ISIS propaganda website. It shows a man who is believed to be the minister’s brother talking about US bombardments on bridges in Mosul.

The video showed that her brother, along with one of his sons, had fled from Iraq to Turkey using false passports after he lost two of his sons during suicide bombing operations against the Iraqi army.

Last Modified: Monday، 31 December 2018 09:40 PM
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