Baghdad: Iraq’s President Barham Salih in a televised speech yesterday condemned attacks on both protesters and the media, and urged security forces to preserve the rights of all Iraqis.
He also called for ministerial changes and urged parliament to enact reforms, including electoral reform, to address the demands of protesters.
Salih said compensation should be given to those affected by the violence this week. The death toll after seven days of unrest has now passed 110 and more than 6,000 have been wounded.
At least 15 people were killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in Baghdad’s Sadr City yesterday as the violence spread to the poor swathe of the capital for the first time.