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Baghdad has begun talks with protesters

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Iraqi prime minister said he had begun talks with the protesters and was going to examine their legitimate demands.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office announced that Abdel Mahdi had begun to contact the protesters’ representatives to obtain detailed information on their demands.

It is said in the statement that Adel Abdel Mahdi will continue these contacts with representatives of the people and groups of young Iraqis and that he will do that until calm returns to the streets of Baghdad.

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s office has even provided the demonstrators with telephone numbers so that they can transmit their requests.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister, the President and the Speaker of the Parliament of Iraq held an emergency meeting to discuss developments in recent days. And it was decided to set up an official committee to study the protesters’ demands.

At the end of the meeting, the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Mohammed al-Halboussi, promised to meet the leaders of the groups of youth groups who demonstrate.

Today, on Thursday, al-Halboussi also met with representatives of the protest parties in the very compound of the building where the Iraqi Parliament is located.

Through channels of discussion with the protesters, the Iraqi government announced that it had launched the application of the Social Security Law in order to improve the social and economic situation of the protesters.

The Iraqi National Security Council also announced today that it has sacked 1,000 government employees who were involved in embezzlement and waste of public property.

The fight against corruption, the improvement of services and the rise of the employment which are part of the claims of the Iraqi claimants who began their demonstrations since Tuesday.

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