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Attempts to nominate Abtaan for Basra governor post: source

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The National Wisdom Movement (Al-Hikma) headed by Ammar al-Hakim will nominate former Minister of Youth and Sports Abdul Hussein Abtaan to the post of Basra governor to replace controversial Asaad al-Eidani, a source in the provincial council of Basra said.

A delegation from Wisdom Movement, including Hamid Maala al-Saadi, Hisham Karawi and Abdul Hussein Abtaan, visited the province of Basra and met with a number of representatives of the parties in the province to persuade them to nominate Abtaan to the governor post, the source said.

Asaad al-Eidani, the incumbent governor, has earlier accused Abtaan of moving to overthrow him. He also affirmed sticking to his position and said he will not go to the parliament, according to media reports.

Protests in Basra in southern Iraq have continued in front of the provincial council building. Protestors have demanded the removal of Eidani and the dissolution of the provincial council, according to Alam TV.

Earlier in December, a video clip documented Eidani personally assaulting demonstrators. One of the elements protecting him was also seen pursuing one of the protestors.

Eidani was shown coming out of his car, which was surrounded by demonstrators wearing yellow vests, attempting to aggressively reach for one of them. The clip also showed one of the elements of Eidani's protection while pursuing one of the protestors following the incident.

For his part, a security source said that the security forces arrested a cameraman of a satellite channel after documenting the incident and confiscated his camera.
Last Modified: Tuesday، 18 December 2018 01:55 AM
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