Political blocs aim to scrap Iraq PM cabinet nominees

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks at a joint press conference with German Chancellor after their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 11, 2016Iraqi political blocs want to replace some or all of the premier’s cabinet nominees, a move likely to continue the system of party-affiliated ministers he called to change, officials said Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that “fundamental” change to the cabinet is needed so that it includes “professional and technocratic figures and academics”.

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