Iraqi PM accepts resignation of electricity minister
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki has accepted the resignation of his electricity minister who quit his job following demonstrations by angry Iraqis over the continuation of power cuts, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
"Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has accepted the resignation of Karim Waheed, the electricity minister, and will appoint a new minister later," Ali al-Dabbagh told reporters.
Waheed announced on Monday to Iraqis through the state-run television of Iraqia that he will quit his post as the minister of electricity following demonstrations by angry Iraqis over the continuation of power cuts after more than seven years of the toppling of former President Saddam Hussein.
"I have submitted my resignation from my post to the government because I don't want to be part of the current political crisis," Waheed said in a statement on Iraqia.
He said the crisis has been politicized by parties, which he did not name, in a critical stage of the political process and during rise of temperature in the hot summer of Iraq.
"The politicization has effectively contributed to sophisticating the solution of electricity problem, therefore I announce with courage my resignation from my post as the minister of electricity," Waheed said.