In Iraq, violent anti-government protests are spreading nationwide. It's the largest public display of anger against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's government to date. Demonstrators are outraged over corruption and a lack of basic necessities.
The Iraqi government has promised a major shake-up amid widespread protests across the country. More than 260 protesters have been killed by security forces, who have used live ammunition to disperse crowds.
Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has called on anti-government protesters to reopen roads, saying they have achieved their goal. But with nothing really changed after a month, the protests show no signs of abating.
The death toll is mounting after security forces dispersed crowds protesting in Iraq. Government promises of reforms have done little to appease protesters' demands for a complete overhaul of the system.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who holds significant power over Shiite public opinion, said Baghdad could no longer "procrastinate" in replying to protesters. More than 260 people have been killed at demonstrations.
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