Iraq's parliament approved the cabinet of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi early Thursday after some last-minute changes to appease political parties.

Parliament approved 15 ministers out of a prospective 22-seat cabinet in a vote of confidence.

Five ministerial candidates were rejected while voting on two ministers was postponed, leaving seven ministries still empty, including the key oil and foreign affairs positions.

Juma Anad was named defense minister, Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army Othman al- Ghanmi interior minister and historian and politician Ali Allawi finance minister.

Ministerial candidates for the ministry of justice, ministry of displacement and migration, ministry of agriculture, ministry of trade, and ministry of culture and tourism were rejected.

Voting on the oil and foreign ministries was postponed because no candidates were determined.

Al-Kadhimi and the 15 approved ministers were sworn in in parliament.

"My cabinet has earned parliament’s support, and we will work to earn the trust and support of the Iraqi people. I am grateful to those who worked with us to form the government. I urge all political actors to come together around a national program to serve Iraq's interests, al-Kadhimi said on Twitter.

The vote of confidence session for the new cabinet began at 9 p.m. local time (1800GMT) on Wednesday, according to a statement from the parliamentary press office.

Iraqi President Barham Salih appointed al-Kadhimi, a former director of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, as prime minister-designate on April 9.

According to the Iraqi constitution, al-Kadhimi was required to form a government within one month.

Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

At least 496 Iraqis have been killed and 17,000 have been injured since the protests began on Oct. 1, according to Iraq's High Commission for Human Rights.

 

Iraqi Parliament Supports List of Ministers Proposed by Designated Prime Minister 

The Iraqi parliament has supported the list of ministerial candidates proposed by designated Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhemi, Iraqi media reported.

At the same time, the lawmakers delayed the voting on candidates for the minister of oil and the foreign minister, the INA news agency reported on late Wednesday.

The mentioned ministers were not included in the list of 20 candidates submitted by Kadhemi, al-Sumaria news broadcaster reported.

On 9 April, Iraqi President Barham Salih appointed chief of intelligence service, Kadhemi, as the country’s prime minister, after his predecessor, Adnan Zurfi, failed to form the government due to lack of support from lawmakers. Before Zurfi, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, a former communications minister, also failed to create a new cabinet.

Prior to that, Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned from the post of prime minister in November in light of mass protests that were calling for the government at the time to resign, as well as better living conditions and an end to corruption.