Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi arrives to attend a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy Feb. 10, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Iraq's parliament is unlikely to vote on a new Cabinet lineup proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in an attempt to curb corruption after lawmakers said Monday the dominant political blocs would name their own ministerial candidates.Political blocs, unhappy with Abadi's proposal to replace their representatives with unaffiliated technocrats, have opted instead to name substitutes that maintain the current party balance, lawmakers said.Abadi asked parliament on March 31 to accept, reject or modify a lineup which also shrank the cabinet to 16 posts from 22 . The three ministers from the political bloc led by powerful Shiite sheikh Moqtada al-Sadr, who has pressed Abadi for weeks to replace party-affiliated ministers with independents, resigned Monday, citing frustration with the other parties' refusal to give up their posts.
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