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Iraqi president calls for cabinet reshuffle to ‘improve government performance’

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Iraqi President Barham Salih called for a ministerial reshuffle in order to “improve the government’s performance,” a statement released by the office of the presidency said on Wednesday, following widespread protests that gripped the country.

According to the Iraqi News Agency, Salih stressed on “the necessity of a fundamental ministerial reshuffle to improve the performance of the government in order to achieve a qualitative leap in its work to provide services, employ the unemployed and achieve social justice.”

Salih made the statement during a meeting with a number of tribal elders and dignitaries, according to the news agency, where he also reaffirmed that demonstrations are a right guaranteed to every citizen, provided that they are peaceful.