Iraqi parliament approves al-Abadi cabinet
On Monday, of the 328 lawmakers present, 177 approved the government programs and the cabinet line-up.
Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlak, Kurdish outgoing foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari, and Bahaa al-Aaraji of the Sadr bloc will all be deputy prime ministers.
The post of Iraq’s Foreign Ministry was given to Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
Outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was given the post of vice president.
Abadi has requested an additional week to find appropriate nominees for posts such as interior and defense minister, since his first nominees were rejected by parliament.
Iraq has been fighting the ISIL terrorists since they took control of the city of Mosul on June 10. The takeover was followed by the fall of the city of Tikrit, located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. The control of Tikrit was later retaken by the Iraqi army.
The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including the mass execution of civilians and Iraqi security forces.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.
The United Nations says nearly 1,700 people were killed due to the Takfiri turmoil in Iraq in August.
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