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Iraqi PM Cuts Back Government Advisers As Reforms Continue

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has said he is canceling the positions of advisers who were hired as contractors in ministries and that he also is limiting the number of advisers for himself, the president, and the parliamentary speaker to five each.

It was not immediately clear how many positions would be affected by the decision, which the prime minister announced in a post on Facebook.

The sackings are the latest in a sweeping reform campaign launched on August 9 with the aim of reducing corruption and incompetence in government that critics say has deprived Iraqis of basic services while undermining government forces in their battle against Islamic State militants.

On August 16, Abadi scrapped 11 cabinet posts, reducing the number of ministers from 33 to 22.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP