Iraq's Sadr hails naming Mahdi to form next government

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-04 19:49:42|Editor: xuxin
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BAGHDAD, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Thursday praised naming Adel Abdul-Mahdi as Prime Minister-designate to form new government for the next four years.

On his Twitter account, Sadr said that "we have started the reforms and we are working on it as possible as we can. We have instructed Mahdi to form his cabinet without pressures or sectarian or ethnic quota system."

Sadr also said that the political parties have agreed to give Mahdi a period of year to prove that he can handle the responsibly successfully.

"The government must be formed on condition of serving Iraqis," Sadr said, adding that "it must be a government with Iraqi decision that serves the people through ministries led by independent technocrats."

On Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament elected Barham Salih as the President of Iraq, who later named Adel Abdul-Mahdi as prime minister designate and tasked him to form the new cabinet for the next four years.

According to Iraqi constitution, the prime minister designate has 30 days to put together a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval, as the parliament must approve the government program and each individual minister in separate absolute majority votes.