Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi holds his first cabinet session in Baghdad, Iraq October 25, 2018. Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office/Handout via REUTERS
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Iraq's Cabinet met Thursday for the first time outside the Green Zone, the fortified Baghdad district set up 15 years ago in the wake of the U.S. invasion. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi and 14 new ministers whose positions were approved by Parliament. Abdel-Mahdi said he believes all Iraq should be a "Green Zone" and he wants to bring the government closer to the people.Only 220 lawmakers attended the session, leaving more than 100 seats empty in the 329-seat body.Abdel-Mahdi had nominated two women but lawmakers declined to vote on either.
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