The dispute on the defense and interior portfolios will be settled
during the parliamentary session, scheduled on Tuesday, after the rival Construction
Bloc reached agreement, MP Abbas Eleiwy, representing the Alliance Towards
Reforms, commonly known as Saairun, said on Thursday.
Prime Minister Adel abdel Mahdi will be notified about this during a meeting that will include representatives of the two blocs, Eleiwy added.
“There is semi-confirmed news that Islah and Bina blocs reached agreement on the dispute regarding ministers of defense and interiors,” Eleiwy said adding that the dispute on the two security ministries will be settled during Tuesday’s session.
The two blocs, according to Eleiwy, “will notify abdel Mahdi about what they agreed on through envoys from both of them ahead of a meeting to inform him about the agreement.”
The meeting will take place ahead of the voting session, scheduled for Tuesday.
MP Nassim Abdullah, representing Fatah alliance, said previously in remarks that there will be difficulty in agreeing on defense, interior and justice ministries, adding that the government is in need for opposition.
Earlier today, the Construction Alliance denied any ongoing political talks over the cabinet, saying Falih al-Fayyad is still the candidate for the Interior Ministry.
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 and Abdul Ameer al-Hamdani, who were selected for planning, higher education and culture, respectively. They were approved after the Islah and Bina blocs agreed to allow a vote on five outstanding ministries — but not the defense and interior portfolios.