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Iraqi rights appointee rejects cabinet post

[JURIST] The incoming Iraqi minister for human rights designated by Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] rejected the post Sunday shortly after it and five other late Iraqi cabinet appointments were approved by Iraq's National Assembly. Hashim al-Shible, former Justice Minister in Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's government and a member of the Sunni community that largely stayed away from the polls in January's national election, said the position was offered to him just because he was a Sunni, and that filling government posts according to what he termed "sectarian identities" was divisive and inappropriate. Of the the four other ministers and one new deputy prime minister named Sunday who accepted their positions, three are Sunni, bringing the Sunnis' total representation in the Shia and Kurd-dominated cabinet [BBC list of members] to seven. AP has more.

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