The Iraqi parliament's leadership decided to adjourn the legislative sessions to an unknown time after the parliament was able to pass the budget earlier on Thursday.The parliament failed
to vote on the candidates for the ministries of education and justice as most
of the MPs withdrew from the session after the budget law was passed.The parliament was
set to vote on Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's candidate for the Education Ministry
Safana al-Hamdani and the candidate for the Justice Ministry Arkan Qadir, but
failed due to disputes over the two candidates.Abd al-Mahdi was
censured for presenting a candidate for the Education Ministry who holds only a
bachelor's degree and a modest biography.
Former Education Ministry
candidate Shaimaa al-Hayali earlier resigned after her brother's alleged ties
with ISIS were unfolded.Abd
al-Mahdi said earlier in a document sent to the parliament that he will send names
for the defense and interior ministry candidates "within a short time, after
exerting efforts to make sure [they] would have the required support from the parliament."