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PM Abdul Mahdi, Pompeo discuss Iraq protests

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi held a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to discuss the recent protests in Baghdad and other major cities which have resulted in the killing of over 110 people so far.


"The Prime Minister reviewed the developments in the security situation and the return to normal life after the curfew was lifted, and confirmed that the security forces had resumed control and stability had been restored," reads a statement by premier's office, as quoted by Reuters.


Thousands of people have taken to the streets since Tuesday to protest against the inefficient public services, unemployment, and corruption.


The death toll has so far passed 110 after new clashes between the protesters and the security forces erupted in Baghdad on Sunday night, which took the lives of eight people.


According to the statement, the Iraqi government has put forward a package of reforms in hopes of meeting the protesters' demands and ease the situation.
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