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Calls to ban ministers from travelling aim to distract Iraqis: Observers

Hassan Al-Janabi
he Minister of Water Resources, Hassan al-Janabi

Members of parliament’s demands to place travel ban against minister of water resources and minister of construction and housing came to distract Iraqis form the political deals that are being made to seize posts in the next government, observers stressed on Tuesda.

The deputy of the province of Basra, Uday Awad, revealed earlier that the deputies collected signatures to issue a travel ban against some Iraqi ministers, including the Minister of Water Resources, Hassan al-Janabi and Minister of Construction and Housing, Anne Nafi, in preparation for questioning them in the parliament.


Awad, who is  a member of the Fatah Alliance, held the present government responsible for the water crisis.


The number of people who got poisoned by contaminated drinking water in Basra has reached 111,000, a statement by the UN envoy to Iraq Mehdi Tamimi said on Monday.


In August, 17,000 people were reported to be admitted to hospitals over illness from the polluted water.


Moreover, Tamimi called on the central government and local authorities to adopt a clear position on the issue.


Mass protests erupted in Basra in July, with clean water and proper facilities as their top demands.

Last Modified: Tuesday، 16 October 2018 10:27 AM