15-11-2019 | 14:14
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A number of demonstrators from several provinces joined demonstrators in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square to press the Iraqi government and parliament to resign and give way to the formation of a transitional government paving the way for early legislative elections, witnesses said on Friday.
Witnesses said that the demonstrators will be guests on the tents and marquee sit-in spreading in Tahrir Square and the garden of the nation.
Thousands of Iraqis flocked to the streets of Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Basra, Nasiriyah, Missan, Diwaniya, Wasit, Babylon, Muthanna, Karbala and Najaf after Friday prayers, and the Shia authority announced in its weekly sermon today to confirm its support for the ongoing protests since last October.
He called on the supreme authority of Shiites in Iraq, Ali al-Sistani to speed up the adoption of a fair electoral law that restores the confidence of citizens in the electoral process.
Al-Sistani said in a statement delivered by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Safi, Undersecretary of reference in the city of Karbala, south of Baghdad during Friday prayers, that “the battle of reform waged by the Iraqi people is a national battle alone, and Iraqis are the ones who bear heavy burdens and should not be allowed to interfere with any external party any direction”.
He also called for a new law for the commission, which is entrusted with overseeing the elections, according to witnesses.
Demonstrations and sit-ins in Iraq entered its 22nd day under security measures and a large deployment of Iraqi forces in the streets.
There was a calm atmosphere in the streets of Tahrir and Khalani Square in Baghdad and the provinces of Basra, Nasiriyah, Missan, Wasit, Muthanna, Diwaniya, Karbala, Najaf and Babylon after a night of carnival joy and rejoicing against the backdrop of the Iraqi national football team beat his Iranian counterpart in the round of competitions qualifying for the World Cup and the Asian Cup in China. .
Witnesses said that the demonstration squares witnessed since this morning the largest campaign to clean the streets and lift garbage from the yards of demonstrations with the help of Baghdad Municipality cars attended by hundreds of demonstrators in the demonstration yards while witnessed places of contact with the security forces in Tahrir Square and Square Khalani no clashes occurred.
Security forces, reinforced by military vehicles, were deployed on all streets leading to the demonstration yards and in the vicinity of government buildings and banks.
The United Nations Office in Iraq announced in its latest statistics on Wednesday, killing 319 Iraqis and wounding 15 thousand others as a result of Iraqi forces using live bullets and tear gas since the demonstrations began on the first of last month.