Iraq’s parliament has approved sweeping reforms that were proposed by Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi as a means of cutting costs for the government and clamping down on corruption.

The proposed reforms were approved by the cabinet on 9 August and include the abolishment of three vice-presidential posts, as well as the position of deputy prime minister.

Al-Abadi’s presented his seven-point proposal after mass protests by Iraqis who are calling for improved public services amid an ongoing heat wave and lengthy power cuts.

Under the plan unveiled by Al-Abadi, responsibilities will be transferred from the vice-presidents to the Interior and Defence ministries.

These ministries will see their budgets expanded under the plan.

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