UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United Nations Mission in Iraq, “UNAMI”, Thursday, urged the Baghdad government to pay attention to internal reforms in response to the demands of the popular protests that have been going on for more than 3 months.
This week, Baghdad and the world were preoccupied with the escalating tension between Iran and the United States of America on Iraqi soil, to the point that it almost became an open war.
Where the United States killed the commander of the “Al-Quds” corps of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qassem Soleimani and the leader of the “Popular Mobilization” Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in an air strike near Baghdad airport, while Tehran responded with a ballistic missile attack targeting two military bases hosting American soldiers in western and northern Iraq.
The regional conflict has overshadowed the internal Iraqi crisis, as the popular anti-government protests and the ruling political elite have continued since the beginning of last October, amid political stalemate.
“UNAMI” said, in a statement, seen by Anatolia, that “regional security developments should not overwhelm local priorities and demands for reform.”
“The voice of the people that he expressed in a peaceful manner must be heard.”
The statement added, “The killing, kidnapping, use of live ammunition and threats against the demonstrators must be stopped; the perpetrators of these acts must be held accountable.”
The protests in Iraq are unprecedented and punctuated by acts of violence that left 499 people dead and more than 17,000 wounded, according to Anatolia census based on OHCHR figures (official) and medical and security sources.
The protesters forced the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi to resign in early December, and they insist on the departure and accountability of all political elites accused of corruption and waste of state funds, which have governed since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.
The demonstrators are also calling for the selection of an honest, independent candidate who is not subject to foreign affairs, especially Iran, who will administer the country for a transitional phase in preparation for early elections.
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