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Iraqi Par't finally fills three key ministerial posts

The Iraqi Parliament on Monday finally elected three candidates to key ministerial posts in the government of Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

The parliament elected Najah Hassan al-Shamari as Minister of Defense, Yassin al-Yasiri for the Minister of Interior, and Farouq Amin Shwani as the Minister of Justice.

Shamari is a Sunni Arab and senior Iraqi military officer who was supported and nominated by Ayad Allawi, the former Prime Minister and vice-President of Iraq.

Yassiri is backed by Ammar al-Hakim, a senior Shia leader, whose parliamentary bloc with 19 seats recently announced they would play the role of the opposition during this parliamentary term.

Shwani is a high-ranking Kurdish judge who served as the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) candidate.