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”. Anadolu Agency said.
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.