Iraq's Prime Minister Adil
Abd al-Mahdi on Wednesday pledged to take decisive steps to combat corruption,
during his meeting with members of the Binna'a Coalition.
Earlier this year, Abd al-Mahdi has restructured the Supreme Anti-Corruption Council founded by his predecessor Haidar al-Abadi in October 2015.
Abd al-Mahdi said on January 9 that he would make every effort to allow the council to play a successful role. On Dec. 31, he said he wanted to re-establish the council in order to “take deterrent measures, unite the regulators’ efforts, address corruption and protect public funds.”
The council’s re-establishment comes after last year’s issuance of a report by Transparency International that ranked Iraq ranked 169th out of 180 countries in terms of corruption.