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Iraqi PM to Ask Parliament to Reshuffle Cabinet


7Dnews London

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:58 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Wednesday October 9th that he would ask parliament to approve a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday.

During his speech, Abdul Mahdi announced three days of mourning starting Thursday for those killed in the recent protests.  

"We now live in the regime's struggle against chaos, and we support the legitimate demands of the demonstrators," Mahdi said, confirming that he had issued strict instructions not to use force and violence against protesters. 

The Iraqi prime minister said that the unity of the Iraqi people helped defeat Isis and contributed to the support of the democratic regime in the country. "We faced a social and political challenge related to developing democracy," he said. 

"We will continue the investigations into recent events and attacks which occurred during the protests," he affirmed. He also decided to immediately release of all suspects arrested as long as no charges or judicial rulings have been issued against them. 

"We took 17 decisions in response to people's demands and to improve services", he said. "Differences restrain reform efforts. But we will release several anti-corruption resolutions soon. 

"We have started with measures to accelerate the return of families who fled Isis attacks, especially in Nineveh province," he added. 

"The army and police continue to protect the rights of our people, security, sovereignty and independence of our country." 

Mahdi also expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria for their support during the recent events. 

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