Ayad Allawi, head of Wataniya (National) Coalition, denied any desire to get nominated for the post of the defense minister, saying that Iraq is in need for a military person to lead the ministry and manage the army.
Wataniya Coalition has nominated some candidates for the defense minister post, including Najah al-Shammari, due to his military competence, Allawi said.
Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has been trying, since he took post in October, to finish the formation of his government.
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 security ministries have thwarted Abd al-Mahdi's efforts to complete the cabinet in a short time.