[size=34]Iraq .. The continuing differences between the parliamentary blocs over 7 ministerial portfolios
Last update: Saturday 16 Ramadan 1441 AH - 09 May 2020 KSA 14:37 - GMT 11:37
Publication date: Saturday 16 Ramadan 1441 AH - 09 May 2020 KSA 13:00 - GMT 10:00
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi continues negotiations with political forces to complete his cabinet, which is lacking seven portfolios.
Iraqi sources indicated that the differences between the political forces are still continuing over the remaining portfolios because there are political parties that did not obtain ministries during the granting of confidence to the new government, and this is why they are seeking to obtain them now.
Parliament had rejected 5 candidates for the ministries: trade, justice, culture, agriculture, and immigration, and the vote on the candidates for the foreign and oil ministries was postponed.
This comes as Kurdistan Democratic Party deputy Bashar Kiki said today, Saturday, that the Democrat gave up the finance portfolio in the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi, because of the desire of the Shiite parties to obtain it.
The Kiki said in a statement that "the share of the Kurds is four ministries, but one of the ministries has been ceded," noting that "the Kurdistan Democratic Party, since the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, took this path, in order to pass it and in order to grant it to one of the other components."
Al-Kiki added: "We followed the same path in Al-Kazemi's booth, and based on the clear desire of the Shiite component to obtain the finance, we gave it up in exchange for foreign affairs," noting that "our candidate until the moment is Fouad Hussein, and the booth is scheduled to be completed before the Eid."
The Iraqi parliament had voted after midnight Wednesday on the government curriculum for the new Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and 15 ministers were voted on, while 7 ministries remained unresolved until today