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The story: Outlining his policy program, new Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ Al-Sudani says his government will prioritize “fighting corruption” and “economic reforms.” Meanwhile, one week into his term, Sudani’s appointments are raising speculations of a possible purge of rivals of his backers in the Shiite Coordination Framework. In parallel, in a seeming nod to the Sadrist Movement, the prime minister has confirmed efforts to pave the way for early legislative elections—a longtime Sadrist demand.
The coverage: As part of his declared crackdown on corruption, Sudani stated on Nov. 2 that he had directed the “tracking down of oil smuggling networks and the arrest of the mobs” implicated in such illicit activities.
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