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Reform Alliance rules out reaching settlement over cabinet candidates next parlt. session

PM Adil Abdul Mahdi (L) and Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi
MP of Reform and Reconstruction Alliance ruled out that a consensus regarding the unoccupied ministerial portfolios could be reached next parliament session.

“The House of Representatives is unable to pass the nominees of unoccupied ministerial portfolios at the cabinet of PM Adil Abdul Mahdi during Tuesday’s session,” Salam Hadi stated on Friday, explaining that the political blocs are still disputing over the nominees of the security portfolios. He asserted that Saairun Alliance is still insisting on its stance against Binna’a candidate for interior ministry, Faleh al-Fayadh and the candidate of defense ministry.

Binna’a Alliance has previously denied negotiating with other blocs over the cabinet formation, asserting sticking to Faleh al-Fayad as their candidate for Interior Ministry.

MP Mohamed al-Baldawi, representing the alliance at the parliament announced the suspension of any political talks addressing the candidates for the remaining ministries, including the security ones.

The alliance, according to Baldawi, “is still supports Fayad for the Interior Ministry, while the Reform Alliance insists on replacing him with a military figure.”

Baldawi stressed the necessity to hold a round of serious talks include agreement on the cabinet formation, as well as passing the budget draft and other issues.

The formation of a full government of 22 ministers has been hindered due to intensifying disagreements between the rival Reform and Binna’a 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.