Iraqis protest after 100-day services reform deadline expires
Hundreds of protesters gathered in the central Iraqi city of Hilla Friday demanding better services, after a deadline for improvements set by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ended.
Al-Maliki gave his cabinet a 100-day deadline to improve basic services after a series of anti-government protests in February, DPA reported.
Around 500 people gathered in front of the Hilla provincial council carrying banners that read "The government cannot keep its promises" and "People want reform."
The 100-day deadline passed on Tuesday, and al-Maliki backtracked from his promise to "make changes" after assessing the progress of the ministers.
Al-Maliki however, asked for more patience to solve problems.
Thousands took to the streets in the different provinces in February fueled by anger over electricity shortages, and demanding economic reforms, jobs and an end to corruption.