MP Hamid al-Mussawi, representing Fatah Alliance, said on Monday that the Prime Minister Adil abdul Mahdi described Falih al-Fayad as the second man in the country and that he cannot be ignored.
In remarks, Mussawi denied any agreements between Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri and populist Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr that independent figures would take charge of the security ministries. He indicated intentions to found accurate law and constitution.
PM Adil Abdul Mahdi works in accordance with a program away from the political blocs, Mussawi said, noting that Sadr’s remarks regarding Fayyad had became political stances.
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 Moqtada al-Sadr and 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.