Six ministers resign


The long running saga of producing a new Cabinet intensified yesterday when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accepted the resignations of his ministers of oil, transport, housing and construction, water resources, industry and interior.

The prime minister has been trying since earlier this year to replace his Cabinet with technocrats in a bid to resolve corruption problems within government. However, a number of parties in the government have resisted because they rely on these posts as a means to garnering funds and handing out patronage. Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr backs the move to introduce a technocrat government and has brought his supporters out on the streets in massive demonstrations on a number of occasions.

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