Iraq’s Electricity Minister Resigns

Electricity Minister Kareem Wahid Hasan has resigned amid growing discontent with his handling of the country's chronic power shortages.
Iraq’s Electricity Minister Resigns
Iraqis protesting chronic electricity shortages clash with security forces in Nassiriya, June 21, 2010. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Violent protests and mounting frustration with Iraq's chronic power shortages have prompted the country's electricity minister to step down.Officials with the Electricity Ministry said that Kareem Wahid Hasan will remain at the helm of the ministry until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appoints his successor.Discontent over the electricity shortages has been exacerbated in recent weeks by scorching daytime temperatures reaching as high as 120 degrees. Protests began over the weekend in B...

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