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Prime minister accepts resignation of Justice minister

Prime minister accepts resignation of Justice minister

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Hashim al-Shebli and named a temporary replacement, his office said Thursday.
Al-Shebli, a Sunni Arab, announced last week that he had offered his resignation, citing differences with the government and the political groups that backs him, the secular Iraqi List of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. He said he would continue in office until the Cabinet approved his resignation.
Al-Shebli did not say what the problems were but it came as he was involved in a dispute over the Cabinet's recent endorsement of a decision to relocate and compensate thousands of Arabs who moved to the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk during "Arabization" campaign in 1980s. The Iraqi List and several Sunni lawmakers have objected to the decision, saying it fails to address key issues, including property claims.
Al-Maliki's office said that the prime minister accepted the resignation and named Minister of state Safa al-Safi as acting justice minister.
Al-Maliki has said recently that he plans to have a government reshuffle and government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said al-Shebli quit before he could be fired. Neither al-Dabbagh nor al-Shebli would say if the minister had resigned over the Kirkuk issue.


Updated : 2021-10-23 15:16 GMT+08:00