Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Al-Maliki to finalise nomination of new ministers

(Voices of Iraq) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Monday that he would finalize nominating ministers instead of the ministers of Sadrist bloc and Iraqi National List (INL), who withdrew from the government, while he did not replace the ministers of the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front hoping that they would return to the cabinet.
Speaking at a press conference in Baghdad, the premier said that "we waited for enough time and gave enough chances for all of those who walked away. I will wait for resumption of the parliament's sessions on Tuesday and within a week a list of names nominated for the vacant portfolios will be ready after consultations with other blocs and partners in the political process and then I will submit the list to the parliament," he also said.
The Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) announced last month its withdrawal from the government and the resignation of five ministers in addition to Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zawbaie. Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National List (INL) also withdrew from the government on August 24. The INL portfolios included justice, communications, science and technology, human rights and a minister of state. The government consists of 37 ministers, including six state ministers.
The prime minister said that he finished only naming ministers instead of the Sadrist bloc's ministers. He said that he hoped the ministers of the IAF would return once again to the government, denying that he asked any bloc to nominate names instead of the IAF's ministers.

Labels: , , ,

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?