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Iraq: Prime Minister Will Submit Resignation

1 MIN READNov 29, 2019 | 15:53 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced Nov. 29 that he will submit his resignation to parliament following sharp criticism of his government and a request for his resignation from top Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, AP reported....

What Happened: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced Nov. 29 that he will submit his resignation to parliament following sharp criticism of his government and a request for his resignation from top Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, AP reported. Parliament will convene Nov. 30 in an emergency session to address the offer. 

Why It Matters: Abdul-Mahdi's resignation directly answers some anti-government protesters' demands, but it also adds chaos to an already paralyzed political system. While parliament is likely to accept the resignation, it is not immediately clear who could take over as prime minister. By custom, Iraq's prime minister is a Shiite candidate agreed on by the other main members of the Iraqi government. 

Context: Abdul-Mahdi's government has lost legitimacy over weeks of anti-government protests, especially after significant violence between anti-government protesters and Iraqi security forces that saw dozens of unarmed protesters killed throughout the week of Nov. 24 in southern cities.

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