Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Iraqi govt finally tackling corruption

It looks like the Iraqi government is trying hard to clean up its image before the elections. It's a bit late, in my opinion.

Iraq trade minister resigns amid scandal

Published: May 25, 2009 at 3:59 PM

BAGHDAD, May 25 (UPI) -- Iraqi Trade Minister Falah al-Sudany, accused of bribery, has resigned ahead of a scheduled vote of no confidence in parliament, officials said Monday.

Sudany was the first Cabinet minister in the history of the modern Iraqi state, dating back to the 1920s, made to publicly answer corruption charges, McClatchy Newspapers reported.

Sudany was interrogated on national television over a two-day period, struggling to answer a list of bribery allegations brought by the head of parliament's Integrity Committee, who alleged that Sudany and his brothers took a $40 kickback for every ton of rice imported into Iraq, the news service said.

A vote of no-confidence was set for Tuesday.

McClatchy said the Integrity Committee is also preparing to quiz other government agency officials, such as the ministers of electricity and oil.

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