Iraqi PM sacks electricity minister, 5 election officials

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sacked his minister of electricity and five election officials following weeks of protests against corruption and chronic power outages.

Abadi sacked Qassem al-Fahdawi on Sunday “because of the deterioration in the electricity sector,” a statement from the prime minister’s office said.

The decision came a day after the premier fired five election officials at the suggestion of a committee set up to examine alleged voter irregularities in the May parliamentary elections.

He took the move following top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s call on the government to tackle corruption and poor basic services.

A judiciary official said the election officials will be put on trial on charge of fraud, including vote buying.

The suspects were the heads of election offices in Salaheddin, Kirkuk and Anbar provinces as well as those who oversaw the voting in neighboring Jordan and Turkey.

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