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Sep 16, 2014 7:48 AM

Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense

The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi lawmakers have rejected the prime minister's nominees to fill the critical posts of defense and interior minister, extending the formation of a new government.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi put forward Sunni lawmaker Jaber al-Jabberi as his candidate for defense minister, and Riyad Ghareeb, a Shiite lawmaker with the State of Law bloc, as his pick for interior minister.

Shortly after al-Abadi presented the names to parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers rejected both of them in a vote. The legislature was then adjourned until Thursday.

Ahead of the vote, two lawmakers, Hussein al-Maliki and Mohammed Saadoun, told The Associated Press that the selection of Ghareeb met with some contention, mostly from the Shiite Badr Brigade.


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