Adel Abdul Mahdi, Iraq's new Prime Minister, is finalising his first cabinet with plans to submit the chosen names for parliamentary approval within the next two days.
All proposed ministers are independents which have been nominated by the political party blocs amongst the ruling coalition, with none of the nominees either a current or former member of parliament.
Following extensive negotiations, the Shiite coalition was formed last month. It consists of the Reform alliance sponsored by the influential Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, and the Iranian backed Al-Binna’a which is led by Hadi Al-Amiri, commander of the Badr Organization, the most powerful Shiite armed faction.
Abdul Mahdi’s proposed cabinet will be made up of twenty two ministers and two vice-presidents, no deputy prime minister will be appointed. According to Iraqi constitution, Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and minorities must all be represented.
Arab News reported that, according to leading party negotiators, Mahdi's new ministers for oil, transport, health, electricity, higher education and water will come from the Reform alliance; ministers for the interior, foreign affairs, communication, housing and construction, and labor and industry will arise from Al-Binna’a; Sunnis will make up the ministerial positions for defense, planning, trade, education, agriculture and youth; and finally the ministers of finance, justice and immigration will be Kurds.
Source: Arab News