Iraqi protestors rally near the country's central bank regarding the recent devaluation of the dinar
Hundreds of protesters rallied Wednesday near the Central Bank in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, angered by the recent devaluation of the Iraqi dinar and demanding the government take action to stabilize the currency.
The protesters — mainly young people — rallied amid a heavy security presence, with many carrying the Iraqi flag and banners with slogans.
One slogan read: "The politicians are the ones covering up the financial corruption for the banks."
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani on Monday accepted the resignation of the governor of the country’s Central Bank, Mustafa Ghaleb Mukheef, following a weekslong plunge of the Iraqi dinar.
Mukheef, who had been in the post since 2020, was replaced by Muhsen al-Allaq as acting governor.
IRAQI PRIME MINISTER DEFENDS US TROOP PRESENCE, SAYS IT'S NECESSARY FOR FIGHTING ISISThe dinar hit new lows last Friday, reaching about 1,670 to the dollar.
Some politicians in Iraq have blamed the drop on recent measures by the U.S. Treasury.
The U.S. has significant control over Iraq’s supply of dollars as Iraq’s foreign reserves are held at the U.S. Federal Reserve.
EXPLOSION IN NORTHERN IRAQ KILLS 9 POLICEMEN, 3 OTHERS INJUREDIn Lebanon's capital, Beirut, dozens protested in front of the Central Bank, denouncing the slide of the Lebanese pound, which began in 2019.
Until 2019, the Lebanese currency was fixed to the dollar at a rate of 1,500 pounds to the dollar.
This remains the official rate, but in practice, nearly all transactions are conducted at the black market rate.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMeanwhile, five European countries are probing Lebanon's embattled central bank governor, Riad Salameh — who remains in his post — on allegations of laundering public money in Europe.