Why was the opening of the Green Zone postponed?
A government source said the reopening of [url=https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/t/2677/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%82%D8%A9 %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1]the Green Zone[/url] would not take place two days ago, or perhaps until the end of the week.
The source said in a press statement: "A major road will be opened, but the roads leading to it must be secured from within the Green Zone, and engineering teams are working on it."
Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on parliament last month to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] area to citizens, stressing the need to implement this measure to break the barriers between citizens. Abdul Mahdi issued an order a few days ago to re- [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] area in the maximum period on Sunday, but it was not implemented and did not open the area on time, although the secretariat of Baghdad and the security forces began to remove barriers and concrete blocks.
Preceded by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who ordered in August 2015 a return[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] area, but it lasted only a few days before being re-closed to pedestrians. It was rumored at the time that the reason for this was the US embassy's crackdown on security guards, even within the Green Zone.
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