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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday dismissed several Electricity Ministry officials and ordered sweeping reforms with the stated aim of improving public services.
According to a statement issued by al-Abadi’s office, the move is aimed at “meeting the needs of the country and those of the Iraqi people”.
In recent weeks, Iraq’s southern provinces have been rocked by demonstrations -- which have since spread to capital Baghdad -- to protest poor public services, high unemployment and chronic power shortages.
Following weeks of protests, al-Abadi suspended his electricity minister last month.
For years, Iraqis have complained about the deteriorating condition of public utilities, including electricity and water, and a chronic lack of job opportunities in oil-rich parts of the country.
2018.08.09 / 16:52