Iraq: At least 20 dead as PM set to reshuffle cabinet
A bomb went off in a minibus in eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing 16 people and injuring 20, police said. The bombing reported shortly after midday in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Shaab, police Lt. Ali Muhsin said.
In addition to the bus bombing, four other people were killed in a series of shootings around Baghdad. A bomb also exploded on the outskirts of the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is soon to call new names for his cabinet reshuffle. "Ten ministers are set to change," said lawmaker Abbas al-Bayati from the ruling Shiite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), according to AFP. There are 37 ministers in the cabinet.
According to Bayati, Maliki will invite all political blocs to send new names of "three candidates for each ministry." Maliki on Sunday told a closed session of parliament that he was considering a "comprehensive cabinet reshuffle."
"He wants to focus on security," Bayati told AFP. "He wants to boost the performance of his government as he has discovered after six months that some ministers lacked in performance."