New Iraq PM or­ders re­lease of pro­test­ers, pro­motes gen­eral

Orlando Sentinel - - Nation & World -

BAGH­DAD — Iraq’s ju­di­ciary or­dered courts on Sun­day to re­lease antigov­ern­ment pro­test­ers, car­ry­ing out one of the first de­ci­sions of the re­cently in­au­gu­rated prime min­is­ter as dozens of demon­stra­tors burned tires in re­newed protests against the new lead­er­ship.

Prime Min­is­ter Mustafa al-Kad­himi also pro­moted a well-re­spected Iraqi gen­eral, who played a key role in the mil­i­tary cam­paign against the Is­lamic State, to lead coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tions.

Lt. Gen. Ab­dul Wa­hab al-Saadi was de­moted last year by ex-PM Adel Ab­dul-Mahdi, spark­ing out­rage and protests in north­ern Iraq and Bagh­dad.

The Supreme Ju­di­ciary Coun­cil said it had or­dered the re­lease of pro­test­ers de­tained since those demon­stra­tions erupted.

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