Iraqi Vice President and leader of the National Coalition, Ayad Allawi said on Saturday that successive federal and local governments failed to deal with the demands of the people of Basra.
Allawi pointed out that the government must solve the problems that people of Basra are suffering from, adding that the situation in Basra is not much different from the rest of the provinces.
He stressed that fighting corruption and improving services provided to Basra's residents need serious decisions from the government.
On July 8, protests erupted in Basra against shortage of jobs, electricity, water and basic services.
According to security and medical sources, 14 Iraqis had been killed and wounded in the protests.