Mohammed Allawi represents the same establishment protesters want to get rid of, and this is best encapsulated by Moqtada al Sadr's u-turn on the protest movement.
Iran hits US air base in Iraq with ballistic missiles, marking a sharp surge in the US-Iran tensions.
Security forces say none of the demonstrators were taken into custody, while pro-Iran armed groups blamed by protesters for Friday's killings swore they had no role in the violence.
Fahem al Tai, 53, had been taking part in weeks of rallies denouncing Iraq's entrenched political elite as corrupt, inept and beholden to neighbouring Iran.
At least 350 people have died since October 1, when protesters took to the streets to decry corruption.
Six people were killed in three blasts in Iraqi capital Baghdad, medics say, even as Iraqi security forces shot dead two protesters in Baghdad and central Karbala cities.
Officials say the demonstrators were killed at capital Baghdad's Rasheed Street in ongoing clashes with security forces.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in Baghdad and across the south demanding sweeping political change.
Iraqi demonstrators are being killed in the streets for demanding an end to a corrupt status quo propped installed by the US and propped up by Iran.
Heavy clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in Baghdad where thousands of protesters gathered in defiance of a plea by the prime minister to stand down.
Anti-government protesters continue to shut down roads and government offices in the Iraqi capital, escalating a month-long string of rallies demanding political change.
Iraqi officials said that twelve civilians have been killed and five wounded in an explosion on a bus at the main checkpoint for the northern entrance to Karbala.
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