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Iraq: Outlines of a Third Reform Package to Quell Unrest Revealed

1 MIN READOct 21, 2019 | 17:20 GMT

What Happened: The office of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has released details of a third package of measures designed to calm ongoing protests, Al Sumaria reported Oct. 20. The proposals include paid training programs for unemployed youth and promises to work on a new tax law to exempt low-income citizens, among others.

Why It Matters: If enacted, the latest promises will help quell some discontent while also worsening Iraq's structural economic problems by adding an unsustainable public wage bill and lowering tax revenue.

Background: Over 100 people have been killed in anti-government protests over the last month that included demands for better services, anti-corruption measures and better access to job opportunities. Protesters are expected to gather again in Baghdad on Oct. 25.

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