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Iraq

Baghdad demonstration backs Abadi’s reforms, calls for action against graft

By Rudaw 28/8/2015
Iraqis take part in a demonstration and gathered in Tahrir square in Baghdad. Photo: AFP
Iraqis take part in a demonstration and gathered in Tahrir square in Baghdad. Photo: AFP

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Thousands of Iraqis converged on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Friday, calling for the country’s judiciary to be replaced and the names of corrupt politicians and officials to be published.

Demonstrators also chanted in support of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s comprehensive plan to cut down the size of the government and rein in excessive spending. 

Chants for better basic services, including water and more electricity, were among the demands of those in the crowds.

It was the third demonstration since reforms announced by Abadi this month, which include a comprehensive reduction in the number of state officials, from the offices of the president and prime minister down to the provincial councils. 

In addition, some ministries have been combined.
According to a statement by Abadi on Sunday, committees to observe and monitor salaries for Iraqi officials are being formed. 

The proposal also includes fiscal reforms in taxation and the government revenue system. The upper limits of retired officials’ pensions are to be lowered, as are customs tariffs imposed at all border crossing points, including in the Kurdistan region.

Another initiative is to set up an Anti-Corruption Council and a “where did you get this” campaign to tackle runaway official graft.

Comments

 
Hazhar | 28/8/2015
brave Iraqi youths, I dont know why kurdish youth are not protesting against corruption. We have corruption in KRG too that stealling our dreams and rights. Keep it up Baghdad people.
Iraqi patriot | 29/8/2015
Bring down the corrupt regime in Baghdad which serves Iran and not It's own citizens. Abadi, Maliki and chalabi must all be tried and executed for their crimes.
beetleking | 29/8/2015
If iraq doing well its means there is much higher change to Kurdistan get independence. Kurdish people should make same thing as youth iraqis.. Keep protesting every friday for corruption as long as they have done some action.. Talking is not going to fix Iraq.. The action is..
Marcopolo | 29/8/2015
Hopefully, these demonstrations will not be highjacked by religious figures like al sadr and sistanty since these religious speciesare the sources of problems n iraq. This new movemnet should be secular and avoid sectarian politics
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Sargon Nineveh | 30/8/2015
Hope the Iraqi people get what they wish for.
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