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Iraq's Abadi suspends electricity min. over poor services amid protests

Sweeping protests hit Iraq's southern provinces over poor services

 

Iraqi electricity minister has been suspended upon orders from PM Haider Abadi amid protests over poor public services and rampant corruption.

A statement from Abadi’s media office said that Qassim al-Fahdawi would be suspended until authorities finish an investigation into his role in the deterioration of utility services.

Fahdawi has yet to comment on Abadi's decision.

Sweeping protests hit southern provinces calling for new job opportunities and improved basic services. 

Dozens of protesters were killed and injured in the protests. 

Hundreds of protesters took to streets in the capital Baghdad to support the demonstrations in southern provinces. 




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