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Can Iraqi PM's promises calm popular anger?

Despite Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's attempts to calm protesters in Iraq, thousands of people continue to gather in Baghdad and other southern cities to protest the Iraqi government.
A still image taken from a video shows Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi delivering a speech on reforms ahead of planned protest, in Baghdad, Iraq October 25, 2019. IRAQIYA TV via REUTERS TV IRAQ OUT. - RC187EDA2AF0

Mass protests erupted early Friday morning in most of southern Iraq's major cities, including Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Karbala and Nasiriyah. In Baghdad, protesters began gathering and organizing at night on Oct. 24.

Today's protests are seeing a larger turnout than the previous wave of demonstrations that started in early October and ended with about 150 dead and more than 6,000 wounded.

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