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Two Iraq ministers risk sack over Saddam-era posts: officials

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Two ministers approved by may lose their jobs before the rest of cabinet is agreed, officials said Thursday, after a commission found they were members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

The Accountability and is responsible for the policy of "de-Baathification", or ensuring no Saddam-era officials or senior members of his play a role in Iraq's

Commission Fares told AFP that the body had sent a letter to parliament over two nominees to the 22--- a third of which has yet to be confirmed by parliament.

"Two names will be subject to procedures by the Accountability and Justice Commission," Abdul-Sattar said, without specifying who.

A parliamentary source told AFP the endangered officials were of Youth and Sports and of Communications Naim al-Rubaye, who were only approved by lawmakers last month.

If sacked, it would be the first time the policy of "de-Baathification" unseats a minister confirmed by parliament since the 2003 ouster of Saddam by a US-led invasion.

Rubaye was reportedly a member of the and a mid-level official, a security source told AFP, but it was unclear what role Obeidi had.

Both received parliament's vote of confidence on October 25 along with 12 other ministers, including those in charge of finance, foreign affairs, and

Due to deep divisions, the remaining eight portfolios, including the interior and defence ministers, have not been put to a vote.

Parliament has met twice since then, but a confirmation vote did not feature on either session's agenda and it has not set a new date to approve the remaining ministers.

formation has dragged on since Adel Abdel Mahdi, 76, was appointed in early October.

He had launched a website to allow Iraqis to apply for a and more than 15,000 sent in bids, but most of the names that were approved on October 25 were well-known political figures.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 22:05 IST