Iraqi lawmakers reject nominees for interior, defense

Haidar al-Abadi nominated Jaber al-Jaberi as defense minister and Riad Abdul Razak Gharib as interior minister.

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The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday rejected the prime minister's nominees for the key posts of defense and interior minister, extending the formation of a new government.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi put forward Sunni lawmaker Jaber al-Jabberi as his candidate for defense minister, and Riyad Ghareeb, a Shiite lawmaker with the State of Law bloc, as his pick for interior minister.

Shortly after al-Abadi presented the names to parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers rejected both of them in a vote. The legislature was then adjourned until Thursday.

Ahead of the vote, two lawmakers, Hussein al-Maliki and Mohammed Saadoun, told The Associated Press that the selection of Ghareeb met with some contention, mostly from the Shiite Badr Brigade.

[With AP]

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