Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad open to all of his citizens for the first time in 12 years Sunday amid efforts to cut spending and appease citizens who have been protesting for basic public services.
Another milestone achievement this evening in line with commitment to reform as the Green Zone in Baghdad is opened to the public
— Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) October 4, 2015
Al-Abadi referred to the opening of the Green Zone as part of the “measures promised to our citizens and this opening that we are witnessing points to continued plans to reform — actions which we will not back down from,” a statement from his office said, adding that al-Abadi was the first to pass through the newly-opened Green Zone, or the International Zone as it is officially known. Read more…