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Iraqi parliament appoints defense and interior ministers

By Rudaw 30/1/2017
Irfan al-Hayali and Qasim al-Araji have been approved to fill the roles of ministers of defense and interior in a parliamentary vote on Monday. Photo: Iraqi government
Irfan al-Hayali and Qasim al-Araji have been approved to fill the roles of ministers of defense and interior in a parliamentary vote on Monday. Photo: Iraqi government
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi parliament has approved two candidates put forward by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to fill the vacant positions of the ministers of defense and interior, two key security positions left unoccupied since last year.
 
In a vote in the parliament on Monday, Qasim al-Araji from the ruling State of Law Coalition was approved for the Ministry of Interior. Irfan al-Hayali, of the Mutahidun faction headed by former parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, was approved to head up the Ministry of Defense.
 
The former Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi lost a confidence vote in the parliament last August for allegedly "misusing his office." The former Interior Minister Muhammad Ghabban resigned last July following the deadly Karada bombings in Baghdad which killed more than 300 people.
 
The legislative body voted down two candidates for the Ministries of Commerce and Industry.
 
Abadi met with parliament speaker Salim al-Jaburi before the vote and attended the parliamentary session on Monday.


Comments

 
FAUthman | 30/1/2017
Iraqi parliament is functioning and looking impressive, wish Kurds could do the same, get their house in order and look like a functioning democracy within Iraq, the world will not look at you if you do not, get the economy going and a bit of security in the meantime but if Baghdad (Abadi) is willing to talk about Independence, do it!
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Brzoo Kurdi | 30/1/2017
The Parliament is a stage , the ministers, are only a toy in Iran's hand ,that is why after 20 years ,people can not walk and talk in one street in Baghdad ,safely .....the lunatics in Iran who talk and dress like Arab ,wast no time to spread their terrorist agenda,....Israel and hopefully Mr Trump will stop them .....
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