Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Iraq's Foreign Minister, speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad, Iraq December 17, 2018. (REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani)
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Iraq's Parliament voted Tuesday to approve three out of five ministers put forward by Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi, ending weeks of political stagnation among the two largest parliamentary blocs.Intensifying disagreements between the rival Islah and Bina blocs, led by populist Shiite preacher Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, have prevented the formation of a full government – which currently has just 17 out of 22 ministers.The nominees for Minister of Education and Minister of Displacement and Migration – the only women to be nominated for cabinet positions so far – both failed to get enough votes, highlighting the continuing disarray over Abdel-Mahdi's appointees.
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