By John Lee.
The Financial Times reports that Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari (pictured) is fighting back against accusations of financial mismanagement by digging out documents that he claims reveal the true extent of corruption in the public sector.
“I’ve started my campaign — the counterattack”, he said. “I didn’t want to galvanise it. But now I’m talking about it, because they [rival politicians] have been playing very dirty.”
Describing the political fueding as “distracting” at a time when Iraq is attempting to regain territory from the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), and to reverse the fortunes of its ailing economy, he told the newspaper:
“They don’t know how much damage they are causing .. The country is in a war. It has no defence minister . . . And if it will not have a finance minister tomorrow — it means the country is paralysed, basically.”
Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi was removed last month following a no confidence motion in parliament.
(Source: Financial Times)