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Shafak News / Sources close to the ongoing talks to form the government revealed the names of the candidates for 14 ministerial portfolios in the government of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi to occupy ministerial portfolios.
The source said to Shafaq News, on condition of anonymity, that Al-Kazemi presented to the Shiite leaders during a meeting this evening the names of his candidates to fill 14 ministerial portfolios.
He explained that the candidates are:
Candidate of the Ministry of Planning / Khaled Battal
Foreign Ministry candidate / Harith Hassan
Candidate of the Ministry of Higher Education / Ibrahim Bahr Al-Ulum
Candidate of the Ministry of Finance / Fouad Hussein
Candidate of the Ministry of Justice / Khaled Shawani
Candidate of the Ministry of Municipalities / Rizan Muhammad
Candidate of the Ministry of Agriculture / Mohamed Shiaa
Candidate of the Ministry of Oil / Hisham Saleh Dawood
Candidate of the Ministry of Water Resources / Jassem Muhammad Al-Asadi
Candidate of the Ministry of Electricity / Adnan Al-Zarfi
Candidate of the Ministry of Labor / Kazem Al-Sahlani
Candidate of the Ministry of Culture / Hashem Al-Shadidi
Candidate of the Ministry of Interior / Muzahim Al-Tamimi
Candidate of the Ministry of Education / Muzahim Al-Khayyat and Falah Mahmoud Ahmed to choose one of them
Another source of Shafaq News said that Al-Kazemi presented the names of his candidates to Shiite leaders, but they objected to some names, without specifying specific names.
The source added that “Shiite leaders asked Al-Kazemi to make amendments to the ministerial curriculum and to change some of the names of the candidates because of their inefficiency to assume the ministerial position.”
He referred to “the opposition of the meeting to the re-nomination of a number of ministers in the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned, and also made observations on some of the candidates submitted by the Sunni forces.”
A political source had revealed to Shafak News, on the meeting of the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazemi with the leader of the State of Law coalition Nuri al-Maliki and the leader of the Fatah coalition Hadi al-Amiri and the head of the political body of the block of Nassar al-Rubaie and Adnan Fayhan on behalf of the Sadiqin movement.
The meeting was held in the absence of the leader of the al-Hikma movement, Ammar al-Hakim, or any representative thereof, and he was dedicated to discuss differences over the government formation.
In turn, Mohamed al-Ghabban, head of the Al-Fateh parliamentary bloc, said in a tweet on Twitter that “the proposed cab presented by the president-designate today is incomplete.”
He added that “the combined political blocs evaluate the curriculum and the nomination mechanism adopted by the Prime Minister-designate and study the names of candidates who were named to some ministries according to the criteria and specifications that have been agreed upon.”