New Iraqi Premier Continues to Ship-Shape Cabinet

Published October 16th, 2018 - 08:47 GMT
Adel Abdul Mahdi (2nd L) and Barham Saleh (2nd R) left the parliament chamber together. (AFP/File)
Adel Abdul Mahdi (2nd L) and Barham Saleh (2nd R) left the parliament chamber together. (AFP/File)

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi is continuing his consultations with political blocs over the formation of a new government.

He is currently caught between his proposal for candidates to submit their nomination through a dedicated website and political blocs that emerged victorious in the parliamentary elections and that want to be fairly represented in the new government based on their electoral gains.

Mahdi is expected to present an incomplete version of his proposed government to political blocs in the upcoming three days, informed Iraqi sources confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday.

The remaining ministerial positions will be occupied by new figures, they said. They will be chosen either electronically or from a list of candidates suggested by the political blocs. Several of these blocs, however, want to keep the old ministers, challenging Mahdi.

Former MP Kamel Al-Dulaimi announced that he had presented his electronic candidature by filling an application form for the post of Defense Minister.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat: “I was informed by Mahdi’s office that I was chosen from among the 601 candidates chosen to head ministerial portfolios.”

More than 36,000 candidates had presented their candidacies.

Dulaimi said he ran for the post after one political bloc had asked him to present his nomination and because he was a former lieutenant at the army.

He said he was nominated twice for this post during the previous government formation processes.

Omar al-Hamiri, a leading official at the Arabic Project, led by Khamis al-Khanjar, told Asharq Al-Awsat that he is running for a ministerial post.

He said there is an agreement inside the Arabic Project not to support the candidacy of any deputy for a ministerial post, because the party wants to separate parliamentary and ministerial works.

“Party members who won a seat in parliament should draft laws and monitor the government’s performance while candidates for the next ministry should be technocrats,” he said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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