BAGHDAD (HRNW) – Iraqi prime minister-designate Mohammad Allawi called Wednesday for parliament to hold a confidence vote on his government early next week.
Nominated as a consensus candidate among Iraq s divided political parties, Allawi emphasised that his cabinet was not drawn from the political elite, a key demand of the protest movement sweeping the country s capital and south since October 1.
In a speech broadcast on state TV, Allawi said he was proposing “an independent government without any party candidates for the first time in decades”.
Iraqi officials have quietly expressed scepticism that such a government would earn parliament s approval.
Allawi said he was calling on parliament, which is currently on a break, to sit for a confidence vote on February 24.