Iraqi PM to submit cabinet list next week: statement

Iraqi PM to submit cabinet list next week: statement

BAGHDAD (Rahnuma) Iraqi Prime Minister designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi will submit his cabinet list and ministerial program next week, a statement by his media office said Wednesday.

Mahdi “is doing his required contacts with the presidency of parliament and the leaders and parliamentary blocs to determine the appropriate day (to present his cabinet),” the statement said.

The submission is expected to come days before the expiry of Mahdi’s mandate to form a new government.

On Oct. 2, the Iraqi parliament elected Barham Salih as President of Iraq, who later named Mahdi as Prime Minister designate and tasked him with forming the new government for the next four years.

Mahdi has since been busy with tough negotiations with different political blocs in parliament over the members of his cabinet.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the prime minister designate has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.

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