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Iraqi Official: Parliament Approves 3 Key Cabinet Ministers

The speaker of Iraq's parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi stands with newly appointed ministers during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, June 24, 2019.

Iraq's deputy parliament speaker says the legislature has approved three Cabinet ministers whose posts have been vacant since the formation of the government in October.

Hassan al-Kaabi told The Associated Press that the parliament approved Najah al-Shammari for defense minister, Yassin al-Yassiri as interior minister and Farouq Amin Othman for the post of justice minister. The three were sworn in on Monday.

Al-Kaabi said election of education minister has been postponed as the current candidate didn't get enough votes.

In October, Iraq's parliament voted to confirm Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's new government while leaving the four Cabinet posts unfilled, underscoring the discord plaguing Iraqi politics.

Abdul-Mahdi had earlier proposed others for the posts but his proposals were rejected by other groups until an agreement on the new names was reached.