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Thousands of Iraqis demonstrating in seven provinces in protest against the delay of reforms


BAGHDAD – Thousands of Iraqis rallied Friday evening in the capital Baghdad and the provinces of 6 middle and southern (predominantly Shiite) to denounce the delays in the implementation of reforms announced by the government in August / August, under public pressure form because of rampant corruption in state institutions package.

And the gathering of thousands of Iraqi citizens, including journalists, activists and civilians in Tahrir Square, the center of the capital, demanding the Federal Shi’ite-led government to adopt a clear approach to reforms includes ceilings of time and priorities determined by the nature of the phase experienced by the country.

Yasser Jassim said one of the demonstrators that “Hrakna since more than two months, achieved a part of the demands imposed on the government reforms were not implemented want, but the bulk of the most important reforms are still in the drawers of the government.”

He added that “the reforms demanded by regarding the trial of causing the loss of the wealth of Iraq since 2003 and caused the killing of Iraqis its policies is balanced but until now has not been a fair trial for those involved stealing public money while we hear the issuance of the arrest on small issues memoranda but the big issues related to the political leaders did not open Until now”.

And thousands of Iraqis also came down to public squares in the provinces of Babil, Diwaniyah and Dhi Qar, Basra, Maysan, Wasit, demanding reform of the judiciary and to hold corrupt and improve services and create jobs.

Most Iraqi provinces and permeated months since the demonstrations demanding the continuous provision of services and improve the standard of living and conduct realistic reforms and the fight against financial and administrative corruption in government institutions.

And called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in August / August reform package approved by the Cabinet in exceptional unanimously session and referred to the House of Representatives, which was approved in turn by the Constitution reads in addition to the abolition of the posts of Vice President and the Prime Minister to reduce the comprehensive and immediate in the number of protections for all officials in the state, including the three presidencies, ministers, MPs, and convert the surplus to the defense and interior ministries by subordination to trained and qualified to carry out their tasks in the national defense of the homeland and the protection of citizens.

It also included the integration of ministries and agencies to increase efficiency in government work and reduce costs, and keep all the top positions in Iraq for the joint venture partisan and sectarian reforms, and holds the professional committee appointed by the Prime Minister and the selection of candidates in the light of competence and integrity standards.

And it met with reforms welcomed by some, while others criticized the politicians, and began to mobilize either undermining or questioning the accused the prime minister launched an exhibition campaign to silence his critics.

Abadi and vowed to turn on more than one occasion to move forward in the implementation of his reforms, even if it cost him his life, a local reforms backed Shiite authority in Najaf, while the Shiite authority in Iran on the grounds oppose it touches loyalists with interests such as former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Analysts had expected that these reforms fail or are disabled to delay implementation and thus embarrass Abadi.

They pointed out that corruption is rooted in the nature of the Iraqi state institutions since 2003, and it reached its peak during the coalition government led by Nuri al-Maliki, it is difficult for the current prime minister, the implementation of the most important reforms because it is like walking in a minefield.

He also predicted then that the shock of the reforms rock influential religious parties, which have armed militias and controls many areas and streets in most provinces.