Dubai – Masaader News
Iraqi police opened fire on protesters in southern Iraq, killing at least five people, according to BBC.
Since the violence began in October, more than 300 people have died and thousands more have been injured.
People are demanding an end to corruption, more jobs and better public services in the demonstrations, which have mostly affected southern Iraq and the capital Baghdad.
After the first wave of protests, which lasted six days and saw 149 civilians killed, Mr Abdul Mahdi promised to reshuffle his cabinet, cut the salaries of high-ranking officials, and announced schemes to reduce youth unemployment.
But the protesters said their demands had not been met and returned to the streets in late October.
President Barham Saleh has said Mr Abdul Mahdi will resign if parties can agree on a replacement.