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Iraq lawmakers give PM until Thursday to reshuffle cabinet

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pictured in December 29, 2015Iraq’s parliament gave embattled Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi until Thursday to present a cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his protest movement for reform. Sadr himself spent the night camping in the Green Zone while thousands of his supporters continued a 10-day-old sit-in outside the gates of the fortified area in central Baghdad. “If Abadi fails to present his new cabinet, he must be present in parliament on Saturday to explain why,” said Haidar al-Mutlaq, an MP from the State of Law bloc.

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