Iraqi anti-terrorism forces secure the street close to the Basra International Hotel where Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stays in Basra on September 10, 2018. / AFP / Haidar MOHAMMED ALI
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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sought to ease tensions in Iraq's oil-rich south Monday with a visit to Basra, rocked by deadly protests over alleged corruption and government neglect.Abadi's visit came just 48 hours after he came under fire at an emergency meeting of Parliament, where he faced calls to resign as his alliance with a populist Shiite scholar crumbled over the deadly unrest.Moqtada al-Sadr distanced himself from his onetime ally Abadi, while a rival alliance of pro-Iranian ex-paramilitary fighters said it would work with Sadr to form a new government that excludes the premier. In Basra, Abadi denounced violence against on diplomatic missions, Al-Iraqiya reported.
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