Iraqi demonstrators gather in the streets of Baghdad on August 14, 2015 shouting slogans in support of reforms proposed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi aimed at curbing corruption. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an overhaul of the judiciary after the country's most influential Shiite leader singled it out as one of the most important priorities of a new campaign against corruption.Parliament unanimously approved a sweeping reform plan this week proposed by Abadi in the biggest shakeup of Iraq's governing system since the 2003-2011 U.S. occupation.Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has given Abadi crucial support in the reform drive after public anger at power cuts and mismanagement of other services spilled onto the streets of Baghdad and southern Iraqi cities.Critics have accused Abadi of trying to consolidate too much power in his own hands, which he denies.
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