BAGHDAD — Iraq's communication minister has resigned to protest interference by the premier in the work of his ministry, another sign of disarray in the country's leadership.

The minister, Mohammed Allawi, said he sent a letter to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki last month, demanding that he stop meddling in his ministry, reinstate some officials he ordered transferred or accept his resignation.

Al-Maliki's reply was to accept his resignation instead of meeting the demands, Allawi told The Associated Press in a phone interview from London on Monday.

Allawi is a member in the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc. Al-Maliki, a Shiite, put together a broad-based coalition after neither major bloc won a majority in elections. Since then his opponents have been accusing him of hoarding power and sidelining his partners.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • People inspect the aftermath of an overnight car bomb attack in Baghdad's Shiite enclave of Sadr City, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • People and security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)

  • Victims are treated in a local hospital after a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • Umm Ahmed holds her injured one-year old son, Ahmed, at a hospital after a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • Qassim Sultan, left, attends to his son Muhannad Qassim as he lies injured in a hospital after a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • Women grieve at a funeral for a man killed in a car bomb attack in the Zafaraniyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

  • Women attend the funeral of a man killed in a car bomb attack in the Zafaraniyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)