Halbousi in Najaf to end cabinet formation dispute with Muqtada al-Sadr
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi is heading to Najaf City on Thursday, to meet with the leader of Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr, according to a source of Saairun Alliance, led by al-Sadr.
The meeting will address the formation of the new government, and filling the unoccupied ministerial portfolios in it, MP of Saairun Alliance stated on Thursday
Halbousi is also set to meet with other political powers, like Hadi al-Amiri, head of Fatah Alliance and Ammar al-Hakim, head of National Wisdom Movement (al-Hikma Movement) to finalize the government formation negotiations, before meeting with Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to tell him the parties’ recommendations.
The government final lineup should be announced in next week after winning the parliament’s majority approval, to start new voting on the 2019 state budget.
The House of Representatives has been divided over Abdul Mahdi’s nomination of eight ministers in the new government, due to reservations on the name of the candidate for ministry of interior Falih al-Fayadh, causing the delay of the voting twice in the last two weeks. Source