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'Cancel your pensions, or we will cancel you' cry protesters in Iraq


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'Cancel your pensions, or we will cancel you' cry protesters in Iraq

Thousands have marched in the Iraqi city of Kerbala in a protest over benefits for politicians.

Lawmakers in the country can claim pensions of up to 80 per cent of salary, after just four years in parliament.

Most Iraqis suffer a lack of basic services.

In the port city of Basra, around a thousand people marched.

Protester Abdulqadir says he feels let down by the government:

“They promised a share of the oil revenue for every citizen, but didn’t give it to us. They promised legislation for student grants but didn’t bring it in. They promised us 25,000 dinars instead of our monthly food basket. The parliament in Iraq is a business we call on the President to disband the parliament.”

Politicians also get allowances for housing, bodyguards and a diplomatic passport for life.

A statement from the office of the Prime Minister says he supports the protesters, and will work to achieve their demands.

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