Hello and welcome to the details of Iraqi protesters torch buildings, block roads over PM pick and now with the details
NASIRIYAH (Iraq), Dec 26 — Iraqi anti-government protesters blocked roads and bridges in Baghdad and the country’s south today after torching several buildings overnight.
The demonstrators oppose the entire political class and have vented their anger against leaders who are negotiating to nominate an establishment insider as the next prime minister.
“The government is hostage to corrupt parties and sectarian divisions”, said one activist, Sattar Jabbar, 25, in the southern city of Nasiriyah.
Smoke and flames from burning tyres in Nasiriyah, Basra and Diwaniyah blocked major roads and bridges across the Euphrates all night, AFP correspondents said, before some of these roadblocks were lifted in the morning.
In Nasiriyah, demonstrators set the provincial government building ablaze overnight for a second time since the protests began, and protesters also torched the new headquarters of a pro-Iran militia in Diwaniyah.
Iraq has been rocked by protests since October 1, prompting Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi to resign last month.
After dwindling, the street campaign has gained new vigour in recent days to rally against widespread corruption and a political system seen as beholden to neighbouring Iran.
Government offices and schools remain closed across almost all of Iraq’s south.
Pro-Iranian factions have for several weeks touted outgoing higher education minister Qusay al-Suhail for the post of prime minister, but his nomination was opposed by President Barham Saleh.
Those factions are now lobbying for Assaad al-Aidani, the governor of Basra—another unpopular choice with demonstrators.
“We don’t want Assaad the Iranian!” shouted protesters in Kut, a southern city.
The protesters want a technocratic premier who has had no involvement in the political system set up after the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Around 460 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded in nearly three months of clashes between protesters and security forces. — AFP
These were the details of the news Iraqi protesters torch buildings, block roads over PM pick for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.