At least six people were killed and dozens wounded as supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada al Sadr storm anti-government protest camp in southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya.
Iraq's prime minister-designate announced his withdrawal from the post after failing to secure parliamentary support for his Cabinet selection.
Women marched through a tunnel and spilt out into Iraqi capital Baghdad's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the youth-dominated movement in a country where vast regions remain socially conservative.
Loyals of populist cleric Muqtada al Sadr storm an anti-government protest camp in southern Najaf city leading to deaths and injuries to at least 20 people, medics say.
In capital Baghdad and southern cities, demonstrators chant "we reject Allawi" and hold posters of the new PM's face with a red cross through it a day after Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi's appointment.
Meanwhile, a least one anti-government protester was shot dead in Baghdad and another in the flashpoint southern city of Nasiriyah as security forces use live rounds and tear gas to try to flush protesters out of squares and streets.
Violence has resurged in the capital and Shia-majority south this week as anti-government activists ramped up their road closures and sit-ins while security forces sought to snuff out the campaign.
A day after almost a million people marched in Baghdad against the presence of the US military in the country, the Iraqi government seeks an end to protests against its rule.
While violence in protests seems to have abated somewhat calls for change remains.
Powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr calls for peaceful "million-strong march" against US troops in Iraq, as new rocket attack targets US soldiers in Camp Taji air base north of Baghdad, Iraqi military says.
Regional experts are ruling out the possibility of direct military conflict between Iran and the US but they also expect a strong retaliation from Tehran.
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