ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi has submitted his cabinet to the Iraqi Parliament for consideration before the expected voting session, a source said on Monday.
Abdul-Mahdi is expected to present the names of his cabinet ministers to parliament later this week for approval before the constitutional deadline expires.
According to the constitution, the Iraqi Parliament must vote on the government of Abdul-Mahdi before November 2.
“Abdul-Mahdi sent the biographies of the proposed cabinet ministers to the House of Representatives ahead of the vote,” a Kurdish political source told Kurdistan 24.
Iraqi officials say the Reform and Reconstruction Coalition, which is comprised of the two largest parliamentary blocs, dominate the list, holding most of the ministerial posts in the new government led by Abdul-Mahdi.
Recently, a list of the alleged distribution of posts in the new government circulated Iraqi social media but was promptly revealed as false by Abdul-Mahdi.
“There has been no report from the prime minister-designate’s office in this regard, and what is being circulated is absolutely false and baseless,” Abdul Mahdi’s press office said in a statement published on Sunday.
The Iraqi Parliament is expected to hold a session to vote on the presented names of Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet before the end of this week. Some sources have speculated the formation would be incomplete as Iraqi lawmakers may not approve some of the candidates.
Editing by Nadia Riva