Iraqi Parliament Passes Anti-Graft Bill to Temper Rising Anger

Iraq’s parliament approved Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi’s anti-corruption plan on Tuesday, abolishing senior government posts and authorizing a graft probe after days of street protests against alleged government waste.

All 297 members present in parliament approved the bill, which scraps the system of sectarian and party quotas for top posts put in place after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The plan was also backed by Iraq’s influential top Shiite cleric and U.S. officials ahead of the vote.

The decision “represents a milestone in the political effort to respond to the demands of the protesters as well as the supreme religious authority,” lawmaker Ibraheem Bahr Al-Olum said by phone.