Iraq's Abadi, in reform push, reduces ministerial adviser positions

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 1:37 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday he was cancelling the positions of advisers hired as contractors in ministries, and 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 last week with the aim of reducing corruption and incompetence in government which critics say has deprived Iraqis of basic services while undermining government forces in their battle against Islamic State.

(Reporting By Stephen Kalin; Editing by Robert Birsel)