Iraqi parliament calls for PM to sack corrupt ministers

Parliament speaker calls for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi to sack negligent or corrupt ministers as part of wide-ranging reform drive

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Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press

Iraq's parliament speaker called on Monday for Prime Minister Haider al Abadi to sack ministers found to be negligent or corrupt as part of a wide-ranging reform drive.

On Sunday, Iraq's PM Abadi issued a decree proposing the cancellation of the country's vice president positions and deputy PM role in a series of measures aimed at curbing corruption.

Those measurements came after weeks of protests and a call from Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al Sistani for drastic change in the country.

Parliament speaker Salim al Juburi called on MPs to approve Abadi's measures affirming the need for more reforms without naming specific ministers. The reforms are expected to be discussed by the parliament on Tuesday.

"We asked the prime minister to dismiss a number of ministers who are clearly guilty of dereliction, negligence and corruption," Juburi said in televised remarks.

Those responsible for electricity and water resources were both proposed for the chopping block in a meeting on Monday between the speaker and political leaders, a parliamentary official said.

MPs who are absent more than a third of the time should be removed according to Juburi call.

Absent MPs are an outstanding problem for the Iraqi legislature, which even failed to reach a quorum for an emergency session called in response to a sweeping offensive by ISIS in June 2014.

Bahaa al Araji, Iraqi deputy prime minister, had delivered his resignation officially to Abadi.

TRTWorld and agencies