Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during the International Youth Day in Baghdad, August, 12, 2015. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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A year in office, Haider al-Abadi has launched the biggest overhaul of the political system since the end of U.S. military occupation, enacting a risky package of measures designed to enhance his own power and strip authority from political chieftains who have run Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.The bold moves will strip some of Iraq's most powerful people of official titles, including Abadi's predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, whose post of vice president is one of those to be abolished.Abadi, who Tuesday evening visited troops in western Anbar province gearing up for an offensive to retake the Sunni heartland, has struggled to consolidate his authority.Abadi was selected as prime minister in part because he lacked strong ties to the armed groups that fought a sectarian civil war during the U.S. occupation, and was therefore seen as better able to promote conciliation than his predecessor Maliki.
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