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Iraq's PM proposes abolishing offices of 3 vice presidents in order to cut spending

  • Protesters chant anti-government slogans while riot police guard the provincial council building during a protest against corruption and the lack of government services and power outage in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

    Protesters chant anti-government slogans while riot police guard the provincial council building during a protest against corruption and the lack of government services and power outage in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces the arrest of Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, a senior official in the disbanded Baath Party, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s cabinet approved a wide-ranging reform plan on Sunday that would abolish the three vice presidential posts as well as the office of deputy prime minister in order to slash spending and improve the government’s performance in the face of mass protests.  (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, June 27, 2015 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces the arrest of Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, a senior official in the disbanded Baath Party, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s cabinet approved a wide-ranging reform plan on Sunday that would abolish the three vice presidential posts as well as the office of deputy prime minister in order to slash spending and improve the government’s performance in the face of mass protests. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, protesters chant anti-Iraqi government slogans as they carry a large national flag in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Iraq’s cabinet approved a wide-ranging reform plan on Sunday that would abolish the three vice presidential posts as well as the office of deputy prime minister in order to slash spending and improve the government’s performance in the face of mass protests. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, protesters chant anti-Iraqi government slogans as they carry a large national flag in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Iraq’s cabinet approved a wide-ranging reform plan on Sunday that would abolish the three vice presidential posts as well as the office of deputy prime minister in order to slash spending and improve the government’s performance in the face of mass protests. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)  (The Associated Press)

Iraq's prime minister has proposed abolishing the three vice presidential posts as well as the office of deputy prime minister in order to slash spending and improve the government's performance in the face of mass protests.

Haider al-Abadi's seven-point plan, which was announced Sunday, would also require that a number of government posts be filled with political independents, a move aimed at combatting endemic corruption. The plan would also reduce spending on personal bodyguards for officials while increasing the budget of the national security forces.

The plan must be approved by the cabinet and parliament.

The move comes after days of protests against corruption and mismanagement largely focused on Iraq's failure to provide reliable electricity amid a major heat wave.