Iraqi PM unveils new cabinet

Arab World Materials 9 September 2014 10:32 (UTC +04:00)
Iraqi PM unveils new cabinet
Iraqi PM unveils new cabinet

A new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has officially been formed after it received a vote of confidence in the Iraqi parliament Anadolu Agency reported

The new government, which includes Sunni, Kurdish and Shiites deputies, was approved by 177 votes out of 280 in the parliament on Monday.

Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraq's Muttahidun Coalition leader, Head of Al-Watania bloc Ayad Allawi and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki were appointed as vice presidents while Sunni politician and former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and former Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari were appointed as vice prime ministers.

After a long debate, 17 ministries were given to Shiites, seven to Sunnis, and four to Kurds, while one ministry was given to minorities.

Some important ministries such as petroleum, interior and foreign were handed to Shiites.

Appointments to interior and defense ministerial posts were not named, but Abadi pledged to do so within a week.

Iraqi Kurds gained 62 seats in the parliament but their participation was "conditional", officials said, in that if the new government fails to fulfill Kurdish demands they have to withdraw from government within three months.

President Fuad Masum named Haider Al-Abadi as prime minister on August 11, ending former PM Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule.

Masum then assigned Abadi to form a unity government.