Iraq VP slams PM's raft of reforms, elimination of post

Iraq VP slams PM’s raft of reforms, elimination of post that was endorsed by Iraq's council of ministers a day earlier.

Iraq VP slams PM's raft of reforms, elimination of post

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi on Monday criticized a raft of reforms – endorsed one day earlier by Iraq’s council of ministers – which, among other things, calls for the elimination of the post of vice president.

In exclusive comments to Anadolu Agency, al-Nujaifi said certain parts of the reform package, which was proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, would – if implemented – violate Iraq’s constitution.

Along with laying down steps for fighting corruption and streamlining state bureaucracy, al-Abadi’s proposed reforms also called for the “immediate” elimination of the posts of vice-president and deputy prime minister.

“The reform package contains both good and bad points,” al-Nujaifi told Anadolu Agency. “But the notion of eliminating the post of vice-president is among the latter.”

According to a statement issued by al-Abadi’s office, 31 government ministers met on Sunday for an extraordinary session in Baghdad during which the vast majority of them approved the reform package.

The move followed two weeks of countrywide demonstrations to protest government corruption and demand improved public services.

According to Iraq’s constitution, the proposed reforms must now be referred to parliament for ratification, after which they will be put into effect.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2015, 13:08