The Basra City Council said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Haider al Abadi left the city after unsuccessful meeting with the province's tribal chieftains.
In statements, member of the council Amin Wahab said Abadi left today evening while cabinet's members stayed in the oil-rich province.
The prime minister ignored holding a meeting with the council's members and chose to meet triabal chiefs at a popular hotel in Basra city, Wahab added.
The oil-rich province has been witnessing violent protests in the past few days in which protesters called for enhancing services provided to citizens especially drinking water as well as combating corruption. They also set fire to a number of facilities affiliated to Iran and its militias in the country.