Iraqis invited to apply online for ministerial posts

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi has launched a website to allow Iraqis to apply for ministerial positions in his new cabinet.

In a statement on his personal Facebook account, Mr Abdul Mahdi invited “those with expertise, specialisation and practical experience” to come forward.

They have until Thursday to submit a CV and evidence they meet his conditions.

Mr Abdul Mahdi was asked to form a new government last week, ending months of deadlock after inconclusive elections.

The independent Shia Islamist politician – who has a PhD in economics and has served as vice-president, oil minister and finance minister – was nominated by the two Shia-led blocs that won the most seats in parliament in May.

He will have to oversee the reconstruction of Iraq following the four-year battle against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), which left tens of thousands of homes and business destroyed and displaced more than three million people.

Mr Abdul Mahdi has until 1 November to form a government.

In the Facebook post, the prime minister-designate said he had decided to open up the ministerial recruitment process following a “number of requests for direct personal meetings either to offer congratulations, present programmes and ideas or to apply for ministerial posts”.

The website says men and women who “meet all the conditions stipulated in the constitution and enforced laws” have until 16:00 (13:00 GMT) on Thursday to…

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