Iraq's labour Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani speaks during an Interview with Reuters in Baghdad, Iraq April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Two years ago, corruption was so rampant in Iraq's wheat procurement program that even Daesh (ISIS) militants cashed in by smuggling the strategic commodity across the border from Syria with the suspected collusion of Trade Ministry officials. The man who cracked down on that network says the ministry, which just announced new measures to fight graft and is charged with ensuring Iraq's food security, still has a long way to go before it can tackle the deep-rooted problem.Sudani, now the labor minister, said real change will come only with an overhaul of the tendering system that would eliminate shady companies that strike kickback deals with all levels of ministry employees.Sudani said that system had not been properly inspected since Saddam was toppled in 2003, leaving it vulnerable to widespread corruption.
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