World Bulletin / News Desk
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”.
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.