Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has said his government was committed to improving living conditions and affirmed that an investigation into the recent deadly demonstrations would be announced “soon.”
“The Arbaeen pilgrimage in its essence is an expression of rejecting all forms of devastation and corruption,” Abdul-Mahdi said in a statement on Saturday. He also repeated previous pledges to “eliminate inequality of living and achieve social justice and reform.”
“We reaffirm that the call for reform is a legitimate right for all,” he added.
Last week, news reports said that the Iran Militia in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) were responsible for the sniping after their leaders decided on their own to help put down the mass protests.
In a statement on Friday, the Prime Minister said that the results of an investigation into the deadly incidents that accompanied the demonstrations “will be announced soon.”
“We promise our people that the perpetrators [of violence] in the previous demonstrations will be held accountable no matter where they are in the state; no one is above the law,” Abdul-Mahdi vowed.
At least 100 people were killed and over 6,000 wounded amid a violent crackdown by security forces, during a week of demonstrations that began in Baghdad in early October and spread to other major cities. The use of force was widely condemned by international observers and human rights organizations.