A joint committee was formed by Fatah and Saairun
Alliances to look for alternative candidates for the interior minister post, a parliament
member said, adding that the issue is still controversial between the two
Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has worked on completing the formation of his government since he took his post last October.
On October 24, Abd al-Mahdi managed to get the parliamentary approval on 14 out of 22 ministries. However, disagreement between political blocs, especially on the security ministries, have thwarted Abd al-Mahdi's efforts to complete the cabinet in a short time.
While Fatah Alliance has frequently tried to force the others to accept Faleh Fayadh as the interior ministry candidate, Muqtada al-Sadr affirmed his rejection of Fayadh and any other partisan candidate for the Interior Ministry.
Sadr said that he would instead support the nomination of military leaders who fought against ISIS during Iraq's fight to rid the country of the terrorist group's caliphate.
In February, Fatah Alliance MP Mithaq al-Hamedi said that his alliance has agreed with Saairun to nominate another candidate for the Interior Ministry instead of Fayadh.
National Wisdom Movement MP Asaad al-Morshedi said that former Interior Minister Mohamed al-Ghabban is the most likely to get nominated for the post.