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BAGHDAD -- Seventeen high-ranking Iraqi officials, including cabinet members, have submitted financial-closure statements to the anticorruption commission, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

Judge Rahim al-Igaili, the head of the commission, told RFI that top public servants are obliged under the law to disclose their finances to the commission after being appointed to their posts.

He added that they also must file annual financial statements about their personal income, as well as any assets registered in the names of their dependents and spouses.

Al-Igaili said Iraq needs more effective legislation to combat rampant corruption, noting that most of the laws passed by parliament over the past six years have been about rights and privileges and hardly any laws address corruption or focus on good governance.