Iraq: Partial Cabinet Shake-Up Under Sadrist Pressure

Iraq’s parliament has approved a partial cabinet reshuffle, electing five technocratic ministers. While this eases the immediate pressure on PM Haidar al-‘Abadi, major portfolios such as the oil ministry remain unchanged.

On 26 April, the Iraqi parliament held its first legal session under Speaker Salim al-Jiburi since an attempted impeachment of him on 14 April (MEES, 15 April). Parliament approved a partial ministerial reshuffle, easing the pressure on Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi.

However, no key portfolios were affected, with the five ministers elected: Health Minister Ala Ghani, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Wifa al-Mahdawi, Water Minister Hasan al-Janabi, Electricity Minister Ala Dishar and Higher Education Minister ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Aysa. (CONTINUED - 1028 WORDS)