Iraqi PM'south nominee as finance minister withdraws candidacy

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:51 AM

Allawi is at minimum the second ministerial candidate to draw out. The nominee for oil minister withdrew on Friday, apparently because he'd not been formally keep forward by the main Kurdish groups.

Ali Allawi, whom Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi nominated latest week to serve as finance minister in a new technocratic government, withdrew his candidacy on Wednesday, citing "political interventions and partisan bickering".

Allawi is at minimum the second ministerial candidate to draw out. The nominee for oil minister withdrew on Friday, apparently because he'd not been formally keep forward by the main Kurdish groups.

Abadi presented parliament on Thursday with a list of fourteen names, many of them academics, to free the ministries from the grip of a political class that's used the system of ethnic and sectarian quotas instituted after the U. S.-led invasion in two thousand-third to amass wealth and influence through corruption.

The move, which threatens to weaken patronage networks that sustain the elite'south wealth and influence, shocked the political establishment that's ruled Iraq since the removal of Saddam Hussein.

Allawi said in a letter dated April six, which was circulated online and confirmed as authentic by a source in Allawi'south office and Kurdish officials, that political infighting "will certainly abort the radical and comprehensive reform project", which Abadi has been advocating.

Allawi, a U. S.-educated former banker, has already served as finance minister once following the U. S.-led invasion in 2003.

Parliament said on March thirty-one it'd take ten days to review Abadi'south nominations, most of whom aren't well known and were chosen without consulting the political parties. Lawmakers and analysts expect parliament to reject up to half the list.

(Reporting by Isabel Coles in Erbil and Stephen Kalin in Baghdad; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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