Iraq parliament accepts PM’s resignation

Iraqi legislators approved Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s resignation on Sunday during a parliament session.

Abdul Mahdi had announced on Friday that he would quit, after 50 demonstrators were killed the previous day by security forces in Baghdad and Iraq’s southern cities of Nasiriya and Najaf.

The prime minister also faced criticism from Iraq’s top Shia leader, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who condemned the use of lethal force against the protesters and called for a new government.

According to the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, at least 430 people have been killed and 19,000 injured since the start of the unrest.

A cabinet meeting on Saturday had approved Abdul Mahdi’s announcement, which also suggested the resignation of key members of the Iraqi government, including the prime minister’s chief of staff.

For now Mahdi would continue as caretaker Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister was called to form the government. The parliament have 15 days to nominate a candidate.

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