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Demonstrators invade Iraq’s parliament in protest against Iran-backed PM nominee

Mohammed al-Sudani, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, May 12, 2018. (AP/Karim Kadim, File)
Mohammed al-Sudani, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the country's parliamentary elections in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, May 12, 2018. (AP/Karim Kadim, File)

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters break into Baghdad’s parliament, chanting curses against Iran, in a protest against the selection of a nominee for prime minister by Iran-backed parties.

Many protesters are followers of an influential cleric. Some are seen walking on tables and waving Iraqi flags.

No lawmakers are present at the building. Only security forces are inside and they appear to allow the protesters in with relative ease.

The breach comes amid the biggest protest since the Iraqi elections were held in October.

The demonstrators are protesting the recent nomination of Mohammed al-Sudani as the official nominee of the Coordination Framework bloc, a coalition led by Iran-backed Shiite parties and their allies.

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