Iraq’s Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr today rejected a secret vote in parliament on the new cabinet lineup.
“The people want to reform the system through an honest government with independent technocrats supervised by the prime minister-designate without pressure from parties and blocs,” Al-Sadr tweeted.
Prime Minister-designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi is today scheduled to announce his government and its programme for approval by parliament.
Earlier this month, Barham Salih, Iraq’s newly elected president, assigned Abdul-Mahdi with forming the new government.
The prime minister-designate is allegedly backed by spiritual leader of Iraqi Shia Muslims Ali Al-Sistani.
Abdul-Mahdi served as the finance minister in the caretaker government and the oil minister from 2014 to 2016.