Iraqi protesters demand better services, jobs

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Posted: May 13, 2011 11:07 AM
Iraqi protesters demand better services, jobs

More than 500 Iraqi protesters have gathered in downtown Baghdad, demanding better government services and more jobs.

The demonstration Friday at Baghdad's central Tahrir Square was one of the largest in Iraq in recent weeks.

While other demonstrations across the Middle East have focused on regime change, most of the protests in Iraq have been pushing for improved services like reliable electricity and water, an end to corruption and withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has imposed a June 7 limit on his Cabinet for enacting reforms or face dismissal. Many protesters said they came out Friday to try to force the government to meet the deadline.