10 Aug 2015

Iraq PM unveils sweeping reforms

7:51 am on 10 August 2015

Iraq's Prime Minister has unveiled sweeping reforms to reduce government costs and fight corruption after protests across the country.

Haider al-Abadi said senior political appointments should be based on ability rather than on sectarian or party quotas.

August 9, 2015 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gesturing during an extraordinary meeting in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAQI PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Photo: AFP

Iraq's system of sharing government posts between sectarian groups has long been criticised for promoting unqualified candidates and encouraging corruption.

Mr al-Abadi also moved to abolish the posts of vice-president and deputy prime minister.

He also called for the creation of a committtee of judges to investigate cases of corruption within state institutions.

Some of his proposals have already been approved by the council of ministers but still require the parliament's approval, while others will require changes to the country's constitution, meaning that swift action is unlikely.