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Iraqi PM Requires parliamentary support to reshuffle cabinet after Fatal unrest

Abdul Mahdi said there wasn’t any’magic solution’ to Iraq’s chronic governance issues and graft but vowed to attempt and pass a law forbidding poor households a simple income.

He gave his opinions at a televised address as protesters demanded the collapse of this government.

The prime minister stated protesters’ calls for end corruption were”right” but said the authorities have to be helped to perform its responsibilities. Ministerial adjustments have to be approved by parliament.

Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday announced a curfew in Baghdad until further notice following seven people were murdered and over 400 were injured through two weeks of nationally anti-government demonstrations.

Curfews were imposed earlier in 3 southern towns while elite counter-terrorism troops opened fire on protesters seeking to storm Baghdad airport and deployed into the southern town of Nassiriya later gunfights broke out between protesters and security forces, police sources said.

Internet outages were reported throughout the nation.

Any power vacuum in Iraq, if the authorities are toppled, can prove hard for the area, given Baghdad’s standing as an ally of the United States and Iran, that are locked in a political standoff.