NEW DELHI: Following the anti-corruption protests that were erupted in Iraq with mostly young men demanding employment, as well as seamless power and water supplies, the Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said that he was ready to discuss the pressing issues.
The protests over the last few days have led to clashes with security personnel killing more than 25 individuals and over hundred wounded.
The force, however, used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets to calm down protestors, while the local authorities have clamped Internet blackout to prevent rumour mongering on social platforms.
On Thursday, Abdul-Mahdi said that he regretted the ongoing protests that have become violent, added that he was ready to meet with representatives of the protesters to negotiate their demands.
During the televised address, Abdul-Mahdi said that there was no magic solution to issues such as graft, unemployment and corruption but he would begin by passing a law for basic income to be provided to poor families.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s prominent cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani expressed deep sorrow over sporadic unrest that has led to several casualties, and urged security forces and protesters to avoid violence.
“It is sorrowful there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction from clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in recent days,” Sistani in a statement Friday said.
Further, Sistani said that lawmakers hold the biggest responsibility for what was happening in Iraq.