Iraqi prime minister abolishes top posts in efforts for reform

Published August 9th, 2015 - 09:57 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Sunday for the posts of vice president and deputy premier to be abolished as part of a reform plan following massive protests against alleged government corruption and incompetence.

There are three vice presidents and three deputy premiers in Iraq.

Al-Abadi also suggested reducing the number of bodyguards for state officials with the aim of cutting public spending.

He proposed forming an anti-corruption commission.

The cabinet and parliament must approve the measures, which were announced in a statement.

On Friday, thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in several cities, including the capital Baghdad, to protest inefficient public services, including frequent electricity shortages.

Al-Abadi, a Shiite, took office last year amid political divisions and a territorial sweep by the Daesh (ISIS) extremist militia in Iraq.

He has since sought to boost national unity for the US-backed military campaign against the radical Sunni organization that also rules vast territory in neighboring Syria.

By Kadham al-Attabi

This story has been edited from the source material.


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