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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Iraqi parliament approves defence, interior ministers

 
The Iraqi parliament on Saturday approved a Sunni Muslim to become defence minister and a Shi'ite to be interior minister, state television said, as part of a more inclusive government to help tackle Islamist insurgents.
Six Kurdish members of the cabinet were also sworn in after the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had held out for a larger share of ministries than the three offered when Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi unveiled his government on Sept.8.
The moves provide a stronger political foundation for Abadi to try to counter Islamic State's grip on most Sunni areas of the country to the north and west.
They also help to repair relations with the country's Kurds strained by quarrels over budget allocations and disputes over oil rights and land in the north.
For the defence portfolio, parliament voted in favour of Khaled al-Obeidi, a Sunni from the northern city of Mosul that is now under Islamic State control. Mohammed al-Ghabban of the powerful Shi'ite political party, the Badr Organization, which has a militia wing, is to take over the interior ministry.
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