Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met on Saturday with a delegation from Babil province, that include dignitaries, residents and the province’s local government representatives to discuss the protesters demands.
During the meeting, Abadi said that the victory over ISIS terrorist group was achieved due to the unity of Iraqi people, adding that construction, services and job opportunities will be achieved also by their unity.
The prime minister pointed out that the government is listening to the demands of citizens and taking decisions to implement them, noting that "the biggest corruption witnessed in Iraq is the waste of public money."
He confirmed that the government supports holding peaceful protests, adding that his government is currently working in order to respond to protesters demands through strategic solutions.
A number of Iraqi cities and provinces, including Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Babil, Diwaniyah, Wassit, Najaf, Muthanna and Karbala are witnessing mass demonstrations and sit-ins to protest against shortage of jobs, electricity, water and basic services.
Some demonstrators broke into and attacked several local government headquarters in these provinces during the current period.
Iraq High Commission for Human Rights announced that 14 people were killed during the protests and 742 were wounded, including 470 protesters and 275 security personnel.
Activists expressed concern the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps militia exploits the ongoing turmoil to spread terror and hamper oil transfers.