PM-designate suggests setting up cabinet office at parliament to ease liaison

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi

Baghdad ( – Prime Minister-designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi has suggesting establishing a cabinet headquarters at the parliament to ease liaison between the two sides.

“It is possible to establish an office for the Iraqi premier at the parliament… there should be a periodic meeting for coordination between the executive and legislative powers,” Abdul-Mahdi was quoted by Almaalomah website as saying.

He further stressed the need for “working in harmony with the parliament to facilitate the legislation of laws.”

Iraq’s newly-elected president Barham Salih named on Tuesday Abdul-Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming a new government.

The announcement was aired on the official Iraqi TV a few hours after Salih was named as Iraq’s president.

Under the Iraqi constitution, Abdul-Mahdi would have 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.

Iraqi politicians have been in a deadlock over the formation of a new government since an election in May.

Under the complex political order created after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, government posts are usually shared out among Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups.

The Shiites, who are the largest group, take the post of prime minister, the Sunnis take the speaker, and the Kurds the presidency.


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