Premier Nouri Al-Maliki announced on Sunday that the number of ministries has become a real burden on the work of the state.
"This fact appeared after the 100-day period", he said in a letter sent to parliament.
Al-Maliki proposed a two-stage procedure, the first of which will see 29 ministries retained.
"So, as a result, we submitted a proposal to trim the government and increase the activities of the ministries, by canceling honorary posts, and combining or making changes in their leading personnel."
Aswat al-Iraq reports that the first stage will see the cancelation of all posts of ministers of state, except parliament, provinces and women ministries, provided that the parliament will take the necessary measures to create a women's ministry.
The second stage will be a sort of combination of ministries or cancellation.
Maliki proposed that the following ministries will be retained: defence, interior, foreign affairs, finance planning, oil, transport, justice, electricity, industry, agriculture, trade, municipalities, works and social affairs, construction, higher education, communications, education, health, culture, youth, technology and sciences, environment, water resources, immigration, human rights, womens affairs, provinces and parliamentary affairs.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)