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Iraqi protesters rally despite fresh government promises of reform

Baghdad: Iraqi protesters on Tuesday brushed off new government promises of reform, sceptical that political leaders, and a parliament session later in the day, would deliver the sweeping change they demand.
Lawmakers were scheduled to meet in the evening to discuss a cabinet reshuffle, a draft new electoral law and other changes, but activists in Baghdad’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square gave them little credence.
“The trust between the people and the political class has eroded,” said Khayriya, a woman in her sixties with an Iraqi tricolour wrapped around her neck.
“Even if they offer every Iraqi a house of gold, that would not help their case,” she told AFP. “Politicians are doing the reforms for themselves, not for us.” (AFP)

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