Iraqi finance minister resigns in protest against Al-Maliki’s government's policies
Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar. 1 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Iraqi Finance Minister Rafi al-Esau announced his resignation on
Friday in protest against the policies of the government of Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Al Jazeera reported.
Al-Esau, who is a follower of Sunni Islam, announced his resignation
in front of the crowd of protesters in the Sunni Anbar province.
Earlier, in January this year, he was a subject of assassination
attempt. Unknown persons detonated a bomb in the route of the Minister
of Finance, however al-Issawi wasn't injured.
Attacks in the Sunni Anbar province were followed by mass protests,
when the participants accused the authorities in oppression of the
Sunnis. Demonstrators have repeatedly blocked the strategic highway
linking Baghdad to Jordan and Syria.
Rising tensions in Iraq are caused by historical confrontation
between two largest Muslim communities - Sunni and Shia. According to
the 1997 census, 66 percent of Iraq's population is Shia, 34 per cent -
During Saddam Hussein's rule, the Sunnis were holding dominant
positions in the government of Iraq. However, after the U.S. military
invasion in Iraq in 2003, resulting in overthrow of Hussein, the Sunnis
were displaced by the Shias, taking a number of important public
positions, among which is the most influential position of the prime
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