Rival protesters clash in Iraq as unrest continues
Anti-government demonstrators faced off against followers of influential cleric Moqtada Sadr across Iraq on Tuesday, a day after one demonstrator was killed in a clash between the two sides.
Tensions have been high in protest squares in recent days between youths furious at Allawi’s nomination and Sadrists.
On Monday, a demonstrator was stabbed to death and three others wounded after Sadr supporters, known as 'blue hats'; attacked an anti-regime rally, medics and security sources said.
Allawi, 65, was nominated on February 1 after two months of political stalemate over who would replace ex-premier Adel Abdel Mahdi, who resigned in December.
Allawi has vowed to ensure justice for protest-related violence.
Hundreds of people have been killed in Iraq since anti-government protests started last October and NGOs have reported kidnappings of political activists.
Watch this special FRANCE 24 report by Ibrahim Saleh and Carys Garland.
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