Iraq's PM presents new cabinet lineup to Parl't

BAGHDAD. March 31 (KUNA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi on Thursday presented to the parliament candidates for a new government lineup, to be reviewed and voted on in ten days.
Al-Abadi said in a public session that he had submitted 16-member cabinet, all new members, except for the Defense and Interior Ministers. Some ministries have been merged together or cancelled.
The parliament has the right to review the candidates, and freely accept or reject the new cabinet with the government.
The Premier said that the candidates were chosen by a special committee of experts on the basis of professionalism, competence, integrity and leadership.
The ministers of defense and interior were kept so as to avoid any confusion to the security situation in the country, he said, pointing out that he sought an essential reshuffle.
For his part, Parliament Speaker Salim Al-Jabouri said that the assembly had just received names of candidates and that a committee would be formed to examine their CVs and efficiency before a vote is held in ten days’ time.
Prior to the vote, legal procedures have to be taken, namely withdrawing confidence from the incumbent ministers by absolute majority or sacking a half plus one. (end) ahh.msa