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Iraqi protesters end Green Zone sit-in

7:08am JST - 01:17

One day after an unprecedented breach of Baghdad's Green Zone, Iraqi protesters peacefully exit the area while issuing demands for political reform and pledging to return by the end of the week. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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After camping out for 24 hours in Baghdad's Green Zone... ...protesters angry over rampant corruption announced they were going home... but not before issuing demands for political reform. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) A SPOKESWOMAN FOR PROTESTERS, SAYING: "If our demands are not met, the people will use all legitimate means. That begins with storming the headquarters of the three executive branches, or civil disobedience, and going on strike." Iraq has endured months of political wrangling, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi -- who toured the Green Zone Saturday -- replaced party-affiliated ministers with technocrats as part of an anti-corruption drive. But a divided parliament has failed to approve the proposal... Much to the dismay of these protesters, supporters of powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Among their demands: The resignation of the president, prime minister and parliamentary speaker and new elections. What's to come of these demands remains unclear... But what started out as a dramatic and unprecedented storming of the Green Zone... ....ended with the protesters' peaceful exit.

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Iraqi protesters end Green Zone sit-in

7:08am JST - 01:17