Abadi suspends electricity minister due to ‘poor performance’

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the suspension of the Minister of Electricity “due to poor performance of the sector.”

The decision is effective pending the completion of an ongoing investigation, according to a statement from his office.

Qasim al-Fahadawi was governor of Anbar province before Abadi appointed him to the ministerial post in September 2014.

Lack of a steady supply of electricity is one of many problems that have brought thousands of protesters into the streets across southern Iraq over the past three weeks.

Published in Rudaw, 29th July, 2018