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Iraqi PM Imposes Travel Bans On Lawmakers Accused Of Corruption

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has issued a travel ban for several parliamentary officials amid corruption allegations.

Abadi's office said on August 2 that he had ordered a "temporary travel ban" against those accused in order "to investigate the validity of the allegations."

The move comes after Defense Minister Khalid al-Obaidi accused parliament speaker Salim al-Jaburi and other legislators of being involved in corruption and blackmail to finalize deals worth billions of dollars.

Obaidi was summoned to parliament on August 1 to respond to allegations of graft in the Defense Ministry, which has been accused of wasting billions of dollars in public funds.

Abadi has faced growing antigovernment protests demanding reform and calling for a fight against rampant corruption.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa