Binna'a Coalition MP Abdul Amir Tuaiban said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi still adheres to nominating Faleh al-Fayad to head the Interior Ministry.
He said that there are more than 10 candidates for the Ministry of Defense, mainly Salim al-Jabouri and Hisham al-Daraji, while Kurds have not yet settled on a certain candidate for the the Ministry of Justice.
Abd al-Mahdi adheres to Fayadh as the latter meets conditions of nomination, and therefore he should be introduced to the parliament for vote, the Binna'a MP said, adding that parliament members should subsequently have the option to approve or reject him, and replace him in case he is rejected.
Reform and Reconstruction Alliance's rejection of Fayadh does not come for a political reason or because Fayadh is incompetent, but for personal reasons, Tuaiban asserted, adding that the alliance will accept any one else for the candidacy except Fayadh.
A leaked document from Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi’s office showed he insists on nominating Faleh al-Fayadh for the post of interior minister, alongside two other candidates for defense and justice ministries.
The document proposed the candidacy of Fayadh for interior, Salim al-Jabouri for defense, and Rizgar Mohammed Amin, the former chief judge of the Iraqi Special Tribunal's Al-Dujail trial, for justice.
The document challenges the will of the majority bloc in the parliament, who asserted their rejection to Fayadh’s nomination, the reason that postponed the final lineup of Abd al-Mahdi’s cabinet until the moment.
Saairun Alliance has reiterated its rejection of Fayadh as candidate for interior ministry, saying that it would never accept him.
Saairun MP Mudar Ismail said Monday that the Reform and Reconstruction Alliance has a clear stance toward the nomination of Fayadh for the Interior Ministry portfolio, adding that this stance has been understood by all political blocs.
In an interview with The Baghdad Post, Ismail said that Saairun Alliance will not accept Fayadh as interior minister even if he was introduced to the parliament in all its coming sessions for four consecutive years.
Ismail stressed the need to replace Fayadh with another independent and specialized figure capable of managing Iraq's security issues.
"The replacement of Fayadh will contribute to the completion of the ministry and will [allow] the government to provide services to the Iraqi people," as part of its duty, Ismail stated.