By John Lee.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (pictured) has ordered security forces to prepare to open Baghdad's Green Zone to the public.
The heavily fortified area, a virtual 'city within a city', is home to many embassies, including that of the United States.
Al-Abadi has also ordered officials to re-open streets in other cities that have been closed for security reasons, and ordered the formation of committees to review the sale and rental of state properties.
(Source: Office of the Prime Minister, AFP, CNN)