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Adel Abdel Mahdi sworn in as Iraqi prime minister

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Adel Abdel Mahdi has been sworn in as Iraq’s prime minister as lawmakers approved a partial list of his proposed cabinet of ministers and program on Wednesday.

The cabinet list also includes former interim oil minister Thamer Ghadhban as oil minister.

Veteran Kurdish lawmaker Fuad Hussein was appointed finance minister, according to lawmakers. Parliament will vote on the remaining eight ministers at a later date.

Key portfolios such as defence and interior affairs remain unassigned, an official said.

A total of 220 lawmakers out of 329 elected in May to a deeply divided parliamant, approved Mahdi's 14 picks, including for the ministries of foreign affairs, finances, and petroleum.