Al-Kazemi-Shiite forces meeting ends with agreement to replace ministerial candidates


 04/24/2020 14:49:51
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Shafak News / A source in the Al-Fatah coalition led by Hadi al-Amiri said on Friday that Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazimi and Shiite forces had reached an agreement to replace some of the cabinet candidates in his upcoming government formation.

The source said in a special statement to Shafaq News, “The meeting of the Shiite forces with the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazimi at the home of the head of the Alliance of the Hadi al-Amiri, ended with an agreement to make a change for some of the cabinet ministers and nominate others in their place.”

The source pointed out that “the meeting rejected some of the names nominated to occupy ministerial portfolios, especially the ministers who occupy ministerial seats in the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi, as well as former ministers in the government of Haider al-Abadi.”

The source added that one of the Shiite blocs demanded the re-nomination of the Minister of Health for his position in the new government, without reference to the name of the bloc.

The source also said that it was agreed to inform the Sunni and Kurdish forces of the results of the meeting before setting the date for the session to give confidence to the Al-Kazemi government.

On April 9, Iraqi President Barham Saleh assigned Al-Kazemi to form the new government within a 30-day deadline.

Al-Kazemi has the support of most of the Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish political forces, which makes his mission easy, unlike his predecessors Adnan al-Zarfi and Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, who have failed to mobilize the necessary support to form a government.

The new government will succeed the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in early December 2019 under pressure from popular protests calling for the departure and accountability of all political class accused of corruption and waste of state funds.

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