Iraq Parliament to Approve Cabinet on Tuesday

The Speaker of Iraq’s parliament, Osama Nujaifi, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, announced on Monday that the parliament will vote tomorrow [Tuesday] on the formation of a new cabinet, according to AKnews.

“The committee that was set up by the parliament today to study the cabinet file and the government program will submit its report to the parliament tomorrow morning to vote on the government at 12 pm”, Nujaifi said.

“The Prime Minister has met his obligations and provided the names of the constitutional government before the constitutional deadline.”

Bloomberg reports that nearly one-third of the 42 ministerial nominees were only acting ministers, an attempt to buy time to work out disagreements over some of the posts with the hardline Shiite faction loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

“I am very happy today,” al-Maliki told reporters. “What has happened today is new evidence that we, as Iraqis, cannot continue our differences forever.”

Important posts such as the defense, interior and national security ministries will be filled within a month, to give lawmakers more time to ensure they are run by “politically independent figures”, officials said.

Please click here to see who’s who in the new government.

(Sources: AKnews, Bloomberg, Associated Press)

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