Sadri Ministers to Return to Iraqi Cabinet

A01113076.jpgThe 6 Sadri ministers of the Nuri al-Maliki’s administration who left the cabinet in April are likely to take up their posts once again after they reached an agreement with the other side yesterday, an Iraqi Mp said here on Sunday. Ali al-Adib, a member of the al-Dawa party told FNA that during the talks on Saturday, the 6 ministers who are proponents of al-Moqtada Sadr admitted that they are not against Nuri al-Maliki’s government and that they actually approve of his administration.

“Thus, the 6 Sadri ministers are most likely to resume their posts,” the lawmaker added.

Asked about the conditions for the Fazilat party and if the party members would return to the political scene of Iraq, he said, “During our talks, the Fazilatis said they should be in charge of important posts if they are supposed to get back to the Iraqi government and our talks have stopped at this level.”

Iraq’s Islamic Fazilat Party officially announced its separation from the United Iraqi Coalition which runs the greatest fraction in the Iraqi parliament several months ago.

Fazilat has 15 of the 138 seats in the Iraqi parliament and it is deemed as the fourth important party in the Shiites’ coalition after the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, al-Dawa party and Sadr movement.

When withdrawing from the government, members of the Fazilat party (Fazilatis) accused the first three important movements in the United Iraqi Coalition of practicing autocracy in decision making.

Sadr followers have 6 ministers in Maliki’s administration and 30 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

Taking into account the withdrawal of the 6 ministers of the Sunni Front of al-Tawafoq and five ministers of the al-Araqieh Front from the Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet, the Iraqi government is now operating with only 20 of its 37 ministers.

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