By John Lee.
The Iraqi parliament has rejected the two candidates proposed by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for the posts of Interior Minister and Defense Minister.
In what Bloomberg describes as a setback for efforts to unite the country against the Islamic State, moderate Sunni Jaber al-Jaberi has been rejected as defense minister, and Riyad Ghareeb [Riad Al Gareeb], a Shiite, as interior minister.
Reuters reports that the Badr Organization wanted the interior ministry post, and quotes sources as saying they were angered by Al Abadi’s choice.
Muhsen Asfour was approved as water resources minister. The ministries of tourism, immigration and displacement, and women’s affairs are still to be approved.
(Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters)