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Is justice ministry post behind gov't formation delay?

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Wisdom Movement (Al-Hikma) MP Hassan Khalati affirmed that the parliament will vote on the candidates for the remainig ministries once Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi send a list of their names.

Khalati said that not voting on the cabinet during the next four parliamentary sessions, according to the parliament's agenda doea not mean that the voting was postponed, adding that the voting process will be added to the agenda once the names are sent.

The process of cabinet formation has reached advanced stages of consensus, Khalati said. He added that the political parties have almost reached consensus on candidates for the interior and defense ministries, which earlier provoked controversy among political powers.

Concerning the Ministry of Justice, Khalati said that it depends on understandings among Kurdish parties, adding that such negotiations have also reached an advanced level of consensus.

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.

Justice Ministry

Fatah Alliance MP Ahmed Ali Hussein said earlier in April that the political parties have settled on candidates for the remaining candidates of Abd al-Mahdi's government, except for ministry of justice.

He added that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have not yet presented a candidate for the ministry.

Hussein said in a press statement that the dispute over the interior ministry was solved after Falih al-Fayyadh withdrew his nomination.

The option is left to Abd al-Mahdi to pick the suitable ministers within the names provided, he added.

Political entitlement

MP Hassan Ali of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan affirmed earlier the continuation of the negotiations between the political blocs on the completion of the government of Abd al-Mahdi.

Ali added that the PUK confirms its right to nominate the candidate of the justice ministry in the new government. He noted that his party has not yet settled on a candidate.

Last Modified: Thursday، 11 April 2019 11:18 PM
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