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Iraqi PM-designate announces Tuesday as date for new cabinet nominations
Last Updated: 2018-10-11 08:17 | Xinhua
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Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday set Tuesday as the date for all qualified Iraqis to nominate themselves to be ministers of the new cabinet through a website.

"Anyone who finds himself competent and experienced, and wants to run for a ministerial post, he can do so via the website," Abdul-Mahdi said in a statement.

The nominations will start when the website is activated at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Tuesday, until it is closed at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Thursday, according to the statement.

Mahdi apologized for not meeting heads of diplomatic missions after he took the post, as his "first duty in front of the people and the parliament during the 30-day constitutional timeline is to fully devote his time to completing the required arrangements to form a government, and to prepare the government program," it said.

On Oct. 2, the Iraqi parliament elected Barham Salih as president of Iraq, who later named Mahdi as prime minister-designate and tasked him with forming the new government for the next four years.

Since then, Mahdi has been busy with tough negotiations with different political blocs over the members of his cabinet.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the prime minister-designate has 30 days to put together a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.

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Iraqi PM-designate announces Tuesday as date for new cabinet nominations
Source:Xinhua | 2018-10-11 08:17
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