Iraqi PM, UN official discuss protests

BAGHDAD, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdulmahdi and UN Special Envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Monday discussed the file of the popular protests engulfed the country.

The two sides focused on the Iraqi government efforts made to meet the demands of the demonstrators, topped with enacting a new election law, a government statement said.

They also dealt with means of enhancing cooperation between Iraq and the UN, and backing the country’s stability, it added.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Abdulkarim Khalaf said that some arrest warrants were issued against those who are seeking deliberately to shut down schools, according to Iraqi News Agency.

Closing schools is a crime and those who are trying to do this act should be tried immediately, he said, referring to the protesters who wanted to shut down schools.

Furthermore, the police of Dhi Qar Governorate, south of Iraq, announced imposing a curfew this night in Al-Rifai district to avoid renewing clashes in which five protesters were injured last night.

The curfew starts at 8:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. GMT) and runs until Tuesday morning.

The Iraqi protests entered its 25 days, with the continuation of blocking main roads and staging strikes in the middle and south of Iraq.

Source: Kuwait News Agency