Iraqi Prime Minister says he will quit as deadly protests in the country escalate

epa08032664 Iraqi protesters gather as smoke rises from a burning military truck after clashes between protesters and Iraqi policemen in Nasiriyah city, some 370km southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, 29 November 2019. According to reports, at least 46 anti-government protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in the past 24-hour in the southern city of Nasiriyah and Najaf. EPA-EFE/HAIDER AL-ASSADEE

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Iraq’s prime minister has announced that he is resigning in the wake of deadly anti-government protests.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s announcement was broadcast on state television, just over a year after he took office.

It comes a day after more than 40 protesters were killed by Iraqi security forces, and hours after the country’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called for a change in leadership.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi resigns
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi

In a statement, Mr Abdul-Mahdi said: “In response to this call [from the Shiite cleric], and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government.”

Via Sky News

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