Iraqi Prime Minister says he will resign

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 29th, 2019 1:45 pm
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Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has announced that he will resign after nearly two months of anti-government protests in the country.

Protests began in Iraq on October 1 in response to alleged government corruption and Iranian involvement in the country.

Abdul Mahdi said in a statement from his office that he would submit a resignation request to parliament "to consider its option, with the knowledge that those near and far are aware that I had already made this decision known." He also said his resignation was in response to a sermon from Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday, who referenced the "failure of respective agencies to handle developments over the past two months."

The announcement was celebrated with fireworks in Badhdad's Tahrir Square.

Abdul Mahdi originally agreed to resign on October 31 with the condition that a successor had been secured.