Iraq Appoints Planning Minister

Bloomberg reports that Iraq has named its new planning minister, but has yet to agree on top security posts, three months after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet was formed.

Lawmakers in Baghdad voted unanimously to appoint Ali Youssef Abdel Nabi, according to the website of his political party, the Sadr Trend, which is led by Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. State-sponsored al-Iraqiya television had earlier identified the new minister as Ali Youssef al-Shukri.

The post had been vacant because of political disagreements between the coalitions that formed the unity government in November, eight months after elections. The jobs of defense, interior and national security ministers have yet to be assigned and are being overseen by al-Maliki.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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