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PM-designate asks Iraqis to apply online for cabinet

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Iraq's designate Adel launched a website on Tuesday to allow candidates to apply for a as he struggles to form a

The unprecedented measure comes as Abdel Mahdi, a former Iraqi vice president, to overcome sharp party political differences and forge a viable governing coalition.

was named on October 2 and, under the terms of the constitution, has until November 1 to form his

The new website gives would-be candidates a three-day opportunity -- from Tuesday morning until Thursday afternoon -- to register online for a ministerial post. Applicants must register their personal data, indicate their political orientation and state whether they belong to any political party, according to the terms of registration found online.

Both men and women may apply. Applicants must have a university degree or equivalent qualification -- a mandatory requirement for joining the

Candidates can then choose the ministry they wish to head and must write a short statement of their vision of what makes a "successful leader" and "how to manage teams effectively".

Applicants are also asked to set out in their vision statement how they would tackle the problems facing their ministry of choice and "practical solutions" for doing so.

Abdel Mahdi, 76, is a veteran of Iraq's fractious political scene.

He is seen as an independent who brings years of experience to the job, culminating in a spell as minister under his predecessor

A Shiite and native of Baghdad, the premier-designate is an by training and has the blessing of both of Iraq's feuding foreign power brokers -- and the

He was assigned to form a government by new Barham Saleh, a moderate Kurd who was elected by parliament on October 2 defeating the

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 20:00 IST