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A year passed, Iraqi cabinet remains incomplete

A campaign to boycott the Iraqi parliamentary election has spread across activists and citizens due to the state of division within the Parliament and the emptiness of four ministries so far, namely defense, interior, justice and education.

The Parliament’s Thursday session witnessed sharp arguments and a number of withdrawals from the session that included a voting on dissolving the Nineveh provincial council on charges of corruption after a ferry accident that killed at least 120 people.

Some deputies objected, after the Parliament Speaker decision to postpone the vote, while the Sairoon bloc, backed by Sadrist movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr, withdrew from the session.

Hassan Aqoli, head of the bloc, has said the way Parliament session are usually run has very extensive legal irregularities.

He also affirmed that some ministries were voted upon already, however, the mechanism of calculating votes has many faults, pointing out that many drafts were past despite the insufficient number of voters.

“Some laws passed right after the Speaker’s approval,” Aqoli added.

Furthermore, sources within the Parliament have affirmed to The Baghdad Post that there are other disagreements within the Parliament rows, including demands to lift the immunity of some deputies, calls to question ministers accused of corruption, the absence of deputies to attend meetings, as well as disagreement on a number of draft laws.

Government Crisis

In parallel, the crisis of vacant ministries in the Iraqi cabinet continues, due to disagreements over candidates for the remaining four ministries, in the absence of any solution within the horizon.

A well-informed source also affirmed that there are some serious deep conflicts regarding the remaining ministries, especially ministries of defence and interior.

MP Ahmed Kanani has further explained that the dispute over vacant ministries is still ongoing, noting that "the prime minister wants to pass the four remaining ministries all together."

Sadr's Sairoon Alliance won 54 seats in the May vote to become the largest bloc in Iraq's 329-seat parliament.