Protests dash Iraqi PM’s chances of new term, hit US hopes of shaping government

FILE PHOTO: An Iraqi protester gestures in front of the burnt Iranian Consulate in Basra, Iraq September 7, 2018. To match Analysis IRAQ-POLITICS/ REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani/File Photo

SULAIMANIYA/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Violent protests in the Iraqi city of Basra have all but ended U.S.-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s chances of winning a second term and shattered Washington’s hopes of shaping the next government. Fifteen people have been killed protesting against power cuts, polluted water, poor services and perceived corruption in Iraq’s second […]

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