- Title: Iraqi students take to the streets as PM's nomination delayed
- Date: 24th December 2019
- Summary: BASRA, IRAQ (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS MARCHING CARRYING PLACARDS AND IRAQI FLAGS PROTESTERS STANDING IN STREET POSTER READING (Arabic): "NATION WITH MARTYRS' SMELL'' PROTESTERS MARCHING DOWN STREET PROTESTERS CHANTING AND CLAPPING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING DOWN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIVERSITY STUDENT, MOHAMMED ABAS, SAYING: ''Whatever their nominations are, whatever the opinions they give, the voice of people remains stronger. And people are the source of authorities, firstly. So whatever their nominations and the plans they draw up, our voice is one. We are with protesters in Baghdad and other provinces. We would like to send a message that we are one people regardless of sects, religions, and affiliations, we all are against this corrupt government.'' VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING
- Embargoed: 7th January 2020 13:26
- Keywords: Basra Iraq new Prime Minister protests students
- Location: BASRA, IRAQ
- City: BASRA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBC4L6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Iraqi students took to the streets of Basra on Tuesday (December 24), blaming the ruling political parties for the delay in the nomination of a new prime minister.
Deadlock in parliament has held up the selection of an interim prime minister, causing lawmakers to miss the constitutional deadline on Thursday (December 19) to name a replacement for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
Mahdi resigned last month but has remained in office in a caretaker capacity.
Anti-government protests have raged across the country as demonstrators refuse to accept a prime minister nominated by the ruling political parties.
More than 450 people, mostly unarmed demonstrators, but also some members of the security forces, have been killed since a wave of popular unrest began on October 1.
(Production: Mohammed A'ty, Haider Kadhim, Mohammed Katfan)
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