The Iraqi Construction Alliance has denied any ongoing political talks over the cabinet, saying Falih al-Fayyad is still the candidate for the Interior Ministry.
MP Mohamed al-Baldawi, representing the alliance, said “the policial talks to agree on the candidates for the remaining ministries, including the security ones, are suspended. No serious talks are taking place.”
The alliance, according to Baldawi, “still supports Falih al-Fayyad for the Interior Ministry, while the Reform Alliance insists on replacing him with a military figure.”
Baldawi stressed necessity “to hold a round of serious talks that includes agreement on the cabinet formation in addition to passing the budget law and other issues.”
The formation of a full government of 22 ministers has been hindered due to intensifying disagreements between the rival Islah and Bina blocs, led by populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri.
Last month, The Iraqi parliament approved three out of five ministers put forward by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a step toward ending weeks of deadlock between the two largest parliamentary blocs. The confirmed ministers were Nuri al-Dulaimi, Qusay al-Suhail