Sheikh Raheem al-Shaibani, a leader of protests in Najaf province said on Wednesday that the federal government has set a time limit, that ends on Saturday, to meet the protesters demands, threatening to stage an open sit-in after the end of the respite given to the government.
In a press statement, Shaibani added that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, during his elections campaign, was keen to visit the province to know the demands of its residents, but now he turned a blind eye to the current protests.
He added that the consecutive central and local governments are responsible for the low level of services provided to Iraqi citizens.
This comes as
the Iraqi provinces, especially the southern ones, have been witnessing mass
protests demanding better living conditions. Protesters there took to the
streets over power outages, corruption, water shortages and other social and