© AP Photo / Hadi MizbanВид from the air in Baghdad, Iraq. Archival photo© AP Photo / Hadi Mizban
The Iraqi Parliament approved the 14 Ministers of the Cabinet of the new Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, according to TV channel Rudaw.
Mahdi, who to this day expect taking office, has been appointed by the new President Barham Saleh. Appointed Prime Minister presented the composition of his Cabinet to the vote of Parliament on Monday.
According to the channel, Parliament has completed the process of voting on Thursday, approved 14 Cabinet Ministers out of 23. Since more than half of the members of the Cabinet were approved, the Mahdi was sworn in and officially took office as Prime Minister.
It is reported that the Ministry of foreign Affairs will be headed by Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, and the Ministry of oil — tamer al-Gadban. The new Minister of Finance was Fuad Hussein, the chief rival of Saleh to the post of President.
In the Iraqi Cabinet 23, usually 12 of them are the Shias, six Sunnis, four Kurds, and one seat goes to the Christian, marks the channel. By unwritten rule, the Prime Minister in Iraq since 2003 are members of the community Shiite Muslims, speakers of the Parliament are Sunni, and the President — the Kurds.
In may this year, parliamentary elections were held in Iraq for the first time after the liberation of the country from terrorists. According to the results published by the electoral Commission of Iraq after the election victory of the coalition candidates, which is popular Shiite scholar Moqtada al-Sadr, he is not running. The coalition of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took third place, behind the coalition also from Shiite militia headed by Hadi al-ameri.