Al-Jabiri was earlier this year one of the main candidates to assume the post of Iraq’s interior minister.
BAGHDAD—The leader of the Sunni al-Mutahidon parliamentary bloc announced on Friday that their candidate for the post of Iraq’s defense minister is Dr. Jabir al-Jabiri, a former MP and member of his political faction.
The head of al-Mutahidon Osamah al-Nujaifi said that he had proposed al-Jabiri’s name to the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and that “he is an acceptable person to all political groups in Iraq.”
Al-Nujaifi said that the post of the minister of defense belonged to his parliamentary bloc and that they would make sure to maintain the position.
Iraq’s defense minister Khalid al-Obeidi, also a Sunni, was unseated from his post in August after 142 parliamentarians voted against him in a vote of no confidence on charges of corruption.
Al-Jabiri, a doctor by profession, was elected to the Iraqi parliament in 2010. He is from the Sunni tribes of Anbar.
Earlier this year he was one of the main candidates to assume the post of Iraq’s interior minister.
He has served as member of Iraq’s parliamentary finance committee.
According to some Iraqi media reports, al-Jabiri was briefly accused, though never proven, of membership in Iraq’s intelligence under the regime of Saddam Hussein before its ouster in 2003.