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Iraqi parliament to convene Wednesday for confidence vote for new cabinet: official

Dubai — Iraq's parliament is expected to convene on Wednesday to vote on granting confidence to the new cabinet of Prime Minister-designate Mohammad Allawi, first deputy speaker Hasan al-Kaabi said, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported Sunday.

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Parliament will hold a session on Monday to review the resumes of candidates picked by Allawi for his cabinet, Kaabi added.

Earlier this month, Allawi said he had picked independent candidates for his cabinet, without any political interference. It is not yet known if current oil minister and deputy prime minister for energy affairs, Thamer Ghadhban, will retain his post which he has held since November 2018. Ghadhban also served as oil minister between 2004-2005.

Allawi was appointed in February to replace outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in November in the face of protests demanding political and economic change. The protests, which began in October, have occasionally disrupted oil supply from some fields and refineries in OPEC's second-largest oil producer, without impacting overall production and exports.