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Iraqi Parliament To Vote On New Cabinet

Iraq's parliament is scheduled to meet on September 8 to vote on Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi's proposed cabinet.

The announcement was made by parliament speaker Selim al-Jabouri's office on September 7.

The makeup of the cabinet has still not been revealed.

The prime minister-designate was picked on August 11 as a replacement for outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who dropped his bid for a third term after Shi'ite, Sunni, and Kurdish political blocs rejected him.

Abadi has until September 10 to submit his government for approval or Iraq's president must select another candidate for premier.

Maliki, who won the most votes of any candidate in April's national election, was undone by the seizure by Islamic State militants of large sections of northern Iraq and the almost total collapse of the Iraqi military almost three months ago.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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