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Iyad Allawi

Iraq premier offers plan to trim criticized government

Iraq's prime minister unveiled a bold plan Sunday to abolish three vice presidential posts and the offices of three deputy premiers, hoping to cut spending amid mass protests against his government as the Islamic State group still holds a third of his nation. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's Cabinet backed the plan, which still needs parliamentary approval, but it's unclear whether it could end the endemic corruption in Iraq's political system, where many senior appointments are determined by party patronage and sectarian loyalties. The plan also effectively would push out of government former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, widely criticized for inflaming sectarian...