In the wake of escalating protests and violence in Iraq's oil rich city of Basra, the European Union have called upon the country to urgently form a new government and react to the demands of the people.
With 6 protesters dead and many more injured in recent days, demonstrations have heightened over a lack of infrastructure in the City, with political party office and government buildings having been set on fire. The neglect over services include a lack of clean water, electricity and poor employment rates.
The Iraqi parliament remains in gridlock following the election on May 12th, with negotiations over the formation of a new government still continuing.
In a statement, Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations said “The EU looks forward to the formation of a government as soon as possible so that the multiple challenges Iraq faces are addressed.”
The EU statement also made reference to other challenges including “the stabilization of areas liberated from IS, the return of close to two million IPDs, corruption and poor services"
She also reiterated support for Iraq and advised that the EU “will work with the new government in support of the stability, security, inclusive democracy and prosperity that all Iraqis deserve.”
Source: Kurdistan 24