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.

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]

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43