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Iraqi PM seeks parliament approval for new cabinet

  • Women rally in front of the fortified Green Zone in solidarity with the sit-in carried out by supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March,30, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Women rally in front of the fortified Green Zone in solidarity with the sit-in carried out by supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March,30, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans during a sit-in outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A parliamentary vote on a cabinet re-shuffle comes as al-Sadr followers continue a sit-in, calling for political reform and an end to corruption. On Sunday, al-Sadr ramped up pressure on the government by beginning a sit-in inside the Green Zone, home to key government offices and foreign embassies.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans during a sit-in outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A parliamentary vote on a cabinet re-shuffle comes as al-Sadr followers continue a sit-in, calling for political reform and an end to corruption. On Sunday, al-Sadr ramped up pressure on the government by beginning a sit-in inside the Green Zone, home to key government offices and foreign embassies.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans during a sit-in outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A parliamentary vote on a cabinet re-shuffle comes as al-Sadr followers continue a sit-in, calling for political reform and an end to corruption. On Sunday, al-Sadr ramped up pressure on the government by beginning a sit-in inside the Green Zone, home to key government offices and foreign embassies.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans during a sit-in outside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 31, 2016. A parliamentary vote on a cabinet re-shuffle comes as al-Sadr followers continue a sit-in, calling for political reform and an end to corruption. On Sunday, al-Sadr ramped up pressure on the government by beginning a sit-in inside the Green Zone, home to key government offices and foreign embassies.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Iraq's prime minister is due to seek parliamentary approval for a cabinet reshuffle amid mounting pressure for political reform.

A number of parliamentarians from across Iraq's political spectrum have threatened to pull out of Thursday's vote, suggesting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi may miss the deadline set by lawmakers to submit his ministerial nominations.

The parliamentary vote comes as thousands of followers of the influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr continue a sit-in outside the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, calling for political reform and an end to corruption.

In August, al-Abadi proposed a sweeping reform package to combat corruption, cut government spending and merge ministries, but his efforts have been stymied by sectarian tensions and struggles to contain the Islamic State group.