By John Lee.
The Iraqi cabinet has approved Prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s wide-ranging plan to slash spending and improve the government’s performance.
The seven-point plan, which includes the abolition of the three vice-presidential posts and the three deputy prime minister posts, now goes before parliament for approval.
According to the unedited statement from the Office of the Prime Minister:
Based on the public interest and according to Article 78 of the Constitution, the Prime Minister instructed the following:
- A comprehensive and immediate reduction in the number of PSDs [personal security details] for all senior officials including; the three presidential authorities, ministers, MPs, special graded posts, director generals, governors, members of the provincial councils and their corresponding officials. PSD surplus will be moved to the defense and interior ministries to be trained and qualified to perform the national duties in defense of the homeland and protection of citizens.
- Withdraw the special benefits allocated for each presidential authority, state organizations and institutions and retired officials thereof, according to instructions to be issued by the Prime Minister that will take into account justice, professionalism and competence.
- Disregard partisan and sectarian quotas in determining the senior positions of the independent bodies as well as deputy ministers, advisers and director generals. A proficient committee to be formed by the Prime Minister which will take advantage of national and international experience in this field will select candidates in the light of standards of competence and integrity and exempt the senior officials who lack such requirements.
- Curtail ministerial staff and that of state organizations to increase efficiency in government work and reduce costs.
- Cancel the posts of Vice President and the Deputy Prime Minister immediately.
- Re-consider past and current records of corruption under the supervision of a supreme committee of specialists to combat corruption and work on the principle (Where did you get this), calling the judiciary to employ a number of well-known professional judges of full integrity to investigate and prosecute the corrupted.
- Demand the Council of Ministers to adopt the decisions above and call on the Council of Representatives to ratify them to enable the Prime Minister of the reforms called for by the supreme religious authority and demanded by the citizens in the fight against corruption and realization of social justice.
(Source: Office of the Prime Minister)