Iraq government cabinet reshuffle

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi had his first success in attempting to reshuffle his cabinet

in mid-August, with the approval of five new ministers by the parliament, including a new Minister of Oil. One Minister, Trade, was rejected by parliament, but overall, this represented a victory after a long convoluted attempt to get a smaller, technocrat-oriented cabinet in place. The objective was to take corruption and political patronage out of the cabinet, and replace it with more qualified leadership. So far, this is a good first step, with the new Ministers generally career technocrats. However, challenges remain, with the rest of his 16 member cabinet yet to be approved, and a lack of full success potentially threatening his premiership. And of course, former

Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is waiting in the wings to try to capitalize on any stumble to gain a return to power.”

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