Abadi's second attempt crushed as MPs reject new nominees
Several members of parliament firmly rejected the appointment of Faleh al-Fayad, head of the Popular Mobilisation Forces as foreign minister in the new proposed cabinet.
Although the militia group has been pivotal in the fight against Islamic State group militants, it has been widely accused of committing major crimes in the country.
"An opposition front consisting of 98 parliamentarians was formed to stand against the ministerial vote on the cabinet," a government source told The New Arab. The bloc accused the PM of choosing the listed names based on sectarian quotes and compatibility with existing factions.
Abadi's line-up is nothing more than a show that will not pass in parliament, said Ahmed al-Jubouri, a member of the Iraqi parliament for the Alliance of Iraqi Forces.
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Iraq's senior officials, including President Fuad Masoum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jubouri, signed a political agreement on Monday that outlined a roadmap for the formation of the new government.
But al-Jubouri maintained "we will not allow this show to go ahead, even if it costs us our parliamentary immunity", noting that those who signed the document a day prior had still kept their job.
"We received the names from Mr Prime Minister with their resumes, and MPs can vote to reject or accept the names that will be presented," said a post on Juburi's official Twitter account.
At least five cabinet nominees withdrew their nominations under pressure from political blocs.
The prime minister has called for "fundamental" change to the cabinet in his raft of anti-corruption reforms, to include "professional and technocratic figures and academics".