Parliament approves Iraqi prime minister’s resignation

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BAGHDAD (Information) – Iraq’s parliament voted on Sunday to simply accept the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after weeks of violent anti-government protests which have rocked the nation.

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks throughout a symbolic funeral ceremony of Main Normal Ali al-Lami, who instructions the Iraqi Federal Police’s Fourth Division, who was killed in Salahuddin, in Baghdad, Iraq October 23, 2019. Information/Khalid al-Mousily /File Photograph

Abdul Mahdi’s resolution to give up on Friday got here after a name by Iraq’s prime Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for parliament to think about withdrawing its assist for Abdul Mahdi’s authorities to stem the violence.

“The Iraqi parliament will ask the president of state to appoint a brand new prime minister,” an announcement from parliament’s media workplace stated.

Lawmakers stated Abdul Mahdi’s authorities, together with the prime minister himself, would keep on in a caretaker capability till a brand new authorities is chosen.

Beneath the structure, President Barham Salih is anticipated to ask the most important bloc in parliament to appoint a brand new prime minister to kind a authorities, a transfer anticipated to set off weeks of political wrangling.

Iraqi forces have killed almost 400 largely younger, unarmed demonstrators since mass anti-government protests broke out on Oct. 1. Greater than a dozen members of the safety forces have additionally died in clashes.

Abdul Mahdi’s resignation, although welcomed by protesters, just isn’t anticipated to finish the demonstrations, which have known as for an overhaul of a political system accused of being corrupt and holding many of the inhabitants in poverty.

Protesters on Sunday torched the Iranian consulate within the holy Shi’ite metropolis of Najaf for the second time in per week, police and civil protection sources stated.

Demonstrators entered the consulate in Najaf on Wednesday and set hearth to your entire constructing, drawing a lethal response from safety forces and escalating the unrest that has led to Abdul Mahdi’s resignation.

Demonstrations are persevering with in Baghdad and different southern areas. Safety forces killed one protester and wounded 9 others close to a bridge within the capital on Sunday, police and a medical supply stated.

In Nassiriya, two protesters died on Sunday from wounds sustained in earlier clashes with safety forces within the southern metropolis, police and medical sources stated.

The unrest poses the most important problem for Iraq since Islamic State insurgents seized swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory in 2014.

It pits largely younger, disaffected Shi’ite protesters towards a Shi’ite-dominated authorities backed by Iran and accused of squandering Iraq’s oil wealth whereas infrastructure and residing requirements deteriorate.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, Hesham Abdul Khalek; Modifying by Mark Potter and David Goodman