Iraqi education minister Shaima Khalil resigns over alleged ISIS links

Baghdad: The newly appointed Iraq’s education minister Shaima Khalil Al-Hayali has resigned over allegations that he has links with ISIS. It was alleged that her brother was a leader with Daesh. Shaima resigned just days after she was handed the post.

The scandal came as a blow to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi who has still not completed his Cabinet. The Parliament’s main political blocs are divided over the key positions.

The parliament approved Shaima Khalil Al-Hayali as education minister last week, however, she had not yet taken the ministerial oath.

She resigned on Saturday after intelligence information emerged that her brother was a Daesh leader in Mosul during 2014 and 2016.