Al-Kazimi’s government gains the confidence of Iraqi parliament, without 2 ministries

After midnight Wednesday, the Iraqi Council of Representatives granted confidence to the government of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazimi, after a political crisis that struck the country for a period of 10 months.

During the parliament session, with the presence of 255 deputies out of 329, confidence was granted to 15 ministers in a government of 22 ministers.

The vote on the oil and foreign ministries has been postponed, although Iraq is currently going through the most severe economic crisis in its history, with its oil revenues falling five-fold in one year.

Representatives in the Iraqi parliament said that the parliament approved the majority of the ministers who were appointed by the designated Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kazimi, to take over a new government after months of stalemate.

They added that al-Kazimi's choices for the ministries of interior, defense, finance, electricity, and other key portfolios were approved by parliament during the vote.

However, the vote on the Ministries of Interior and Oil was postponed, which means that al-Kazimi will start his term without a full government, while al-Kazimi has taken the constitutional oath as head of the Iraqi government.

Prior to the session, the State of Law coalition confirmed its refusal to participate in a government that does not possess all the ingredients to produce a coherent government that is truly representative of the interests of Iraq and is capable of addressing crises with an efficient professional team.

The coalition said in a statement: "We decided to withdraw from the parliament session for today and not participate in the vote on the cabinet."



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