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On Sunday, lawmakers approved new ministers of trade, municipality and electricity, as well as five other ministers. Mr. al-Maliki promised to present candidates for the security posts — defense, interior and national security — soon.

“I’d like to assure you that the candidates for the security ministries will take only a few days,” Mr. al-Maliki told lawmakers without giving a specific date.

Iraq’s government has a total of 44 Cabinet ministers.

Associated Press writer Mazin Yahya contributed to this report.