Hakim: Rumors about Resignation of Iraqi President, PM, FM Ridiculous

A033411036.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) Political Advisor to Iraq’s most influential Shiite politician Sunday dismissed reports by certain media about an impending collective resignation by Iraqi president, prime minister and foreign minister, and described such rumors as ridiculous.

Iraq’s Attarigh Elal Eragh (The way to Iraq) news center said in a recent report that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari are about to resign from the country’s government.

Mohsen Hakim, nephew and political advisor to the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) leader Abdel Aziz Hakim, stressed that such reports lack the minimum value to be commented.

The Iraqi news center also alleged that Talabani and Maliki would be replaced by Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi and Adel Abdul Mehdi, respectively, while Zebari would be replaced by the country’s ambassador to the UN Hamed al-Bayati.

The same report also pointed out that Fuad Masoum is to take up the role of parliament speaker in Iraq, describing the earthquake in the Iraqi cabinet a product of a recent meeting between the British and Iraqi prime ministers.

“Nuri al-Maliki was informed of all these changes in a meeting in London with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, where the US ambassador to Britain was also present,” the report said.

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