By Ali Jawad and Yahya Salan


The death toll from anti-government protests in Iraq has risen to 556, Iraq’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights said Sunday.

A statement from the press office of Ali al-Bayati, a representative of the commission, said those who doubt the figure should reveal their evidence.

Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign in November but stay on as a caretaker head of state.

President Barham Salih designated former communications minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as the new prime

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