Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi has moved to introduce reforms in an attempt to cut costs for the government and clamp 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 seven-point proposal still needs parliamentary approval and comes 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 would be transferred from the vice-presidents to the Interior and Defense ministries.

These ministries would see their budgets expanded under the proposed plan.

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