Iraq issues travel ban for some lawmakers
Aug.2, Baghdad: Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a travel ban for some sitting lawmakers and politicians amid corruption allegations that surfaced during the questioning in parliament of the country's defense minister.
The statement issued from Prime Minister's office said that the decree wwas a temporary measure that bars those listed from leaving the country until an investigation has completed.
Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi told lawmakers on Monday that parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, and at least five lawmakers and merchants had tried to persuade him to secure specific contracts and to reinstate employees fired due to corruption.
Al-Abadi has faced growing anti-government protests demanding reform and calling for a fight against endemic corruption. Earlier this year, protesters stormed Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone twice in the space of a single month.
The Oslo Times International News Network