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The Sultan’s officials

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As far as the provincial administration in Iraq was concerned, the Ottoman central government faced three important problems: (a) chronic conflicts among high-ranking officials, and the government’s inability to find permanent solutions to them, (b) widespread corruption and misconduct, especially among middleand lower-rank civil officials, (c) the continuous search for, and failure to find, enough qualified candidates for high-ranking positions in the vilayets.