Iraq protesters rally in Karbala for one of their own to become PM | AFP

Hundreds of Iraqis rally in Karbala to support a protest leader they want as prime minister instead of current premier-designate Mohammad Allawi, whom they see as too close to the ruling class. Students hit the streets carrying photos of Alaa al-Rikaby, a pharmacist who has emerged as a prominent activist in the protest hotspot of Nasiriyah further south.

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Iraqi students protest against new PM Mohammad Allawi in Basra | AFP

Iraqi students march during an anti-government protest against the new Iraqi prime minister designate Mohammad Allawi in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Allawi was named prime minister-designate after a hard-won consensus among Iraq’s rival parties, who had struggled to agree on a candidate since outgoing premier Adel Abdel Mahdi resigned under growing street pressure two months ago.

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