Alliance MP Hammam Ali revealed on Monday an agreement between Iraqi Parliament
Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to postpone the
completion of the new government.
Halbousi and Abdul Mahdi agreed to delay the completion of the cabinet, remaining on a number of vacant ministries including the interior and defense ministries, Ali said in a press statement.
The completion of the government is set to be adjourned, according to the agreement, to later parliamentary sessions, until political parties settle on candidates for the vacant ministries, Ali said.
He added that next Wednesday's session will subsequently not address the government formation.
Binna'a Coalition MP Fadil al-Fatlawi confirmed on Sunday that Abdul Mahdi did not send the names of candidates for the remaining three ministries to the parliament so far, adding that the dispute is still ongoing between the political blocs on the security ministries.
Abdul Mahdi is facing several obstacles to completing his cabinet formation because of the Shiite-Shiite rivalry between the two largest blocs led by two rivals: Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri.
Sadr's Saairun Alliance and Amiri's Binna'a Coalition earlier agreed to choose a president for Iraq. However, the political negotiations have been largely frozen since then for several reasons, mainly the disagreement over the Interior Ministry post that has been dominated for years by Amiri's allies.
State of Law Coalition head Nouri al-Maliki said that there is no need to change the candidate for the Ministry of the Interior, Faleh al-Fayadh, who has drawn much controversy since Abdul Mahdi first started forming his cabinet.
Saairun Alliance and other parties under the Reform and Reconstruction Alliance have objected to the nomination of Fayadh to the Ministry of the Interior and were able to foil the vote on him in the parliamentary session on December 24.