Mass protests over the past week have been met with a combative response from security forces, who have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters]

Thousands of Iraqis have gathered in Iraq‘s capital Baghdad and across several southern cities for an eighth consecutive day of anti-government protests.

Demonstrators on Friday demanded economic reform, a government overhaul and an end to the country’s quota-based power-sharing system, while also rejecting Thursday’s announcement by Iraq’s president when he promised to hold a snap parliamentary election once a new law is passed.

President Barham Salih said the country’s beleaguered Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has agreed to step down if a replacement was found.

Abdul Mahdi, despite promises of reforms and a broad reshuffle of

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