Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi headed to parliament to present his list of candidates for a new cabinet on Thursday, the day a deadline for him to do so expired.

Abadi’s office said he would present “a list of names of candidates for the ministries and their resumes.”

The candidates “were chosen by a committee of specialised experts on the basis of their professionalism, competence, integrity and leadership ability,” the premier’s office said in a statement.

After arriving, the premier went into a meeting with parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi and other senior officials, a parliamentary source told Agence France Presse.

Abadi has repeatedly called for the current cabinet of party-affiliated ministers to be replaced with technocrats, but has faced resistance from powerful blocs and their ministers, who rely on their positions for patronage and financial gain.

Parliament voted earlier this week to give Abadi until Thursday to present his proposed lineup, and Abadi announced on Wednesday that he would do so.

 

AFP

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