MP Reveals Details Of Last Hours Negotiations Between Abdul Mahdi And Leaders Of Blocs To Resolve Vacant Ministerial Portfolios

Baghdad, The State of Law Coalition revealed details of the last hours negotiations between Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi with leaders and representatives of the political blocs to complete candidates for vacant portfolios in the cabinet.

The leading figure of the state of law coalition, Jassim Mohammed Jaafar told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA)," Abdul Mahdi is in a position not to be envied now, because of the course of changes in some of the portfolios that Parliament voted to grant confidence to its candidates recently, as well as other portfolios that have been agreed upon during the past two days. "

He added that "there is a slight change in some of the portfolios , became the Ministry of Justice granted to the National Union of Kurdistan, but Barzani's party still refuses to give it up, as well as the Ministry of Displacement and Migration will be to Christian candidate after being replaced with another candidate," adding that "the nomination of Faleh Fayyad to the Ministry of Interior is still categorically rejected by Sauiroon coalition, so it was agreed to postpone it for another time later. "

He added that "there is a bloc not to pass the nomination of Faisal al-Jarba to the portfolio of the Ministry of Defense and to propose another alternative candidate, but Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi insisting that the candidate should be from Allawi's coalition," noting that " candidate from Khamis Al-Khanjar bloc was excluded for the education portfolio and assign it to a candidate from Nujaifi Alliance ".

He explained that "the portfolio of the Ministry of Culture has been divided into tourism and relics, to be granted to Asib Ahl al-Haq candidate, while the ministry of culture, has not yet decided yet," noting that "it was agreed to pass the candidate of the state of law, Qusai al-Suhail to the higher education portfolio, while the planning ministry delayed because of the continuing dispute between the Sunni forces. "

The House of Representatives voted 25 Oct. to give confidence to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and 14 candidates from his cabinet.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency