Update on seating the government...
...compiled from sequential tweets...
It appears Iraq may have a new govt today. Parl't expected to meet in about 30mins. Will discuss budget first. Parl't postponed because acting Finance Minister Safi was late showing up; perhaps he was tied up in last minute coalition talks. Abadi has till next Wed to get his cabinet approved. If he can't hold together this fragile structure today then he has some spare time if he fails.
The leaks re Abadi's cabinet are on some points contradictory, but an overall picture is emerging: a pure Frankenstein Government. Monstrous...The most absurd proposal, for pure comedic value, is to have Maliki, Nujayfi & Allawi all be elected vice-presidents. Other horrific proposals: Militia Supreme commander Hadi al-Ameri as Defense Minister & former death squad leader Abd al-Hussein Abtan as Sports/Youth Minister....But some sources say Abtan will get Transport Minister...but just the thought of having militia leaders heading Defense & Youth ministries is awful.
Parliament made quorum but they aren't discussing the cabinet yet since Abadi is apparently not ready yet. Abadi definitely agreed on Ameri as Defense Minister, but Badr is saying he US embassy is - duh - working to prevent his election.
Given the delay, if Abadi govt voted today, it is going to be another one of these late-night events. But looks like he's trying 4 today.
Kirk Sowell, Iraqi political risk analyst, attorney, historian, translator...
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