28 January 2020
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Iraq’s semi-official human rights commission said Saturday at least 490 protesters have been killed in Baghdad and southern cities in nearly three months of anti-government rallies. Iraq has been roiled by protests since Oct. 1 in which demonstrators have taken to the streets to decry corruption, poor services and a lack of jobs. They have also called for an end to the political system imposed after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The mass uprisings prompted the resignation of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi late last…
NASIRIYAH, IRAQ - Iraqi President Barham Saleh said Thursday he would rather resign than appoint a prime minister chosen by a bloc in parliament that is influenced by Iran. On Wednesday, the Fatah bloc named Asaad al-Eidani, governor of the southern Basra province, as the country's next prime minister. The choice was quickly rejected by anti-government protesters, who have called for a complete overhaul of the government that has been in place since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. "Out…
Iraq’s president said Thursday he was “ready to resign” rather than put forward the candidate of a pro-Iranian coalition for the post of prime minister, deepening the country’s political crisis. Barham Saleh’s announcement came as anti-government protesters blocked roads and bridges in Baghdad and the country’s south after torching several buildings overnight. In a letter to parliament, Saleh said he wished to guarantee the “independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity” of Iraq. But he cited the constitution, which obliges the president to task…
Iraqi President Barham Saleh offered to resign as weeks of deadly anti-government protests show no sign of abating. The president is being torn in opposite directions by politicians who want him to name a prime minister from their ranks and demonstrators who reject any establishment candidate. Adel Abdul-Mahdi stepped down as prime minister last month as protests raged over government corruption, poor services and Iran’s sweeping political influence. Mahdi remains in office until a successor is found.  Protesters rejected one…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s parliament approved on Tuesday a new electoral law, a key demand of protesters to make elections fairer, but political deadlock is still holding up the selection of an interim prime minister, threatening renewed unrest. Mass protests have gripped Iraq since Oct. 1 and protesters, most of them young, are demanding an overhaul of a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty. More than 450 people have been killed. “In the name…
Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Sunday ahead of a midnight deadline to name an interim prime minister. Anti-government rallies have rocked Baghdad and the Shi'ite-majority South since October, protesting against corruption, poor services, and a lack of jobs. Protesters have called for an end to the political system imposed after the U.S. invasion in 2003. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's resigned Friday. President Barham Salih and parliament have since missed several deadlines to appoint a new prime minister.…
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Protesters set fire to offices belonging to a Shi’ite political party and a Shi’ite militia group in Iraq’s southern Muthanna province on Friday, police sources said. The offices of the Hikma movement and Asaib Ahl al-Haq were set ablaze by protesters in central Samawa city. Security forces attempted to dispel the demonstrators with tear gas. Source: Reuters  
Iraqi political leaders faced a midnight deadline Thursday to choose a new prime minister to run a country shaken by months of unprecedented street protests that have left hundreds dead. If parliament fails to propose a candidate from inter-party negotiations to replace outgoing Adel Abdel Mahdi, then President Barham Saleh has the right to appoint a premier himself. But if lawmakers do not approve his choice and the post remains vacant at midnight, then the constitution will place Saleh himself…
Deliberate killings, abduction and arbitrary detention are among abuses that continue against Iraqi anti-government demonstrators by unknown groups, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The report comes amid a string of targeted assassinations and arrests of civil activists and journalists that have fostered fear among protesters. Meanwhile, violence resumed in central Baghdad as 31 protesters were wounded when security forces fired tear gas to disperse them from Wathba square, a central plaza in the capital, security and health officials…
mid unrelenting anti-government riots, violence has resumed in central Baghdad, while the U.N. has underscored ongoing deliberate killings, abductions and arbitrary detentions by unknown groups during protests. A recent report from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq based on 183 interviews conducted between Nov. 5 and Dec. 5 called on the Iraqi government to identify unknown groups targeting protesters and hold them accountable."UNAMI continues to receive credible allegations of deliberate killings, abduction and arbitrary detention carried out by unknown armed…
BAGHDAD: Iraqis turned out Monday to mourn a prominent activist gunned down the previous evening, the latest violent episode in anti-government demonstrations in which more than 450 people have died. That came as Iraq's foreign ministry summoned four Western envoys over their condemnation of a deadly attack against protesters at the weekend.Iraq's capital and its Shiite-majority south have been gripped by more than two months of rallies against corruption, poor public services and a lack of jobs. Prominent civil society activist…

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