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BAGHDAD, (AP) – Iraq’s prime minister says he is giving his ministers 100 days to improve their performance or risk losing their jobs.

Nuri al-Maliki’s warning came two days after thousands of protesters across the country demanded better public services.

The prime minister told his Cabinet on Sunday that he would evaluate each ministry’s performance. His office said personnel changes would be made, depending on the outcome.

In Friday’s demonstrations, thousands had marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces. Fourteen protesters were killed in the largest anti-government protests in Iraq since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world weeks ago.

Rights groups asked the prime minister to investigate the use of force by his troops.

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