BAGHDAD, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani rejected on Monday the resignation of three government ministers backed by ousted Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi.
A statement by the prime minister's media office said that al-Sudani "rejected the resignations of the ministers of planning, industry, and culture, and accordingly, they will resume their executive duties."
The statement said al-Sudani's rejection was to ensure political representation for all components of the Iraqi people and to maintain political stability.
On Nov. 14, the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq ruled to terminate the membership of al-Halbousi, and his rival Sunni lawmaker, Laith al-Dulaimi, due to a feud between the two and legal violations.
After the court's decision, the leaders and lawmakers of the Taqaddum Party, which al-Halbousi leads, held a meeting to discuss the situation and decided to withdraw the party's three ministers from the government and to boycott the parliament sessions. ■