Saturday, 31 October 2015
Thousands of Iraqi in 10 different governates in the south and centre of the country gathered on Friday to protest against slow reforms pledged by the government, Anadolureported.
Hundreds gathered in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad amidst tightened security measures imposed around the capital city’s Green Zone, where the Iraqi government and parliament are located.
One man present, Abdul-Latif Yasser, told Anadolu that the protesters faced many difficulties on their way to Tahrir Square due to the closure of streets leading to it. “We were prevented from protesting against the government’s policies regarding reformation and prosecuting corrupts,” he said.
“The reforms that have been made by the PM are superficial and there is an intentional slowdown regarding the reforms,” he added.
“We know that some of the measures need only courageous decisions…Corruption still lacks real accountability.”
Most Iraqi governates have been witnessing increasing protests for months, calling for improvements to public services and people’s lives, as well as carrying out the reforms pledged by Prime Minsister Haider Al-Abadi regarding financial and administrative corruption in government institutions.
Forces Union, a mainly Sunni group in the parliament, announced on Thursday that it “was not consented” about the reform measures taken during the past three months.
About a week ago, the State of Law Coalition headed by former PM Nour Al-Maliki, withdrew the mandate given to Al-Abadi that authorised him to carry out the reforms. The coalition accused Al-Abadi of “breaching the Constitution”.
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