Anti-government protests were carried out which helped to dismiss selection of Mohammad Tawfiq Allawi as the Prime Minister-designate.
Protestors held several rallies in the capital and cities in the southern province of Iraq.
President Barham Salih appointed Allawi as the prime Minister. He announced the decision after he gave a warning to Iraq’s fractious parliament that he will choose the Prime Minister if hey will not appoint.
However, hundreds of people rejected him. They kept saying, “Mohammed Allawi, rejected!”
Protests stated that they do not accept Allawi as Iraqi Prime Minister.
A statement was issued by protestors in which they said, “He is the compromised candidate that belongs to the sectarian power-sharing political system (muhasasa) we are protesting against, and does not represent the aspirations of the protest sites,”
“Based on this, our response will be to escalate things stronger than on previous occasions.”
Protestors also said in the statement that Allawi’s appointment happened “by the same criminal, a corrupt class that brought us to where we are now”.
Protestors have been raising voices for their specific demands such as the selection of a politically independent candidate as the Prime Minister, early elections and justice for 500 protestors killed so far.
On the other hand, Allawi shared a pre-recorded video on Twitter in which he directed the protestors.
He said, “My power is derived from you,” “If it were not for your courage and sacrifices then there would have been no changes in the country.”
“You protested for your homeland, and if I am not able to fulfill your demands that I am unworthy of this position,”