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Iraq protests: PM Mahdi announces resignation

Baghdad, Nov 30: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation after weeks of deadly protests.

While the country’s senior Shia cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for the government. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Saturday called on the parliament to debate his resignation.

Speaking at a parliamentary session, Abdel-Mahdi said his government has done everything in its power to meet the demands of protesters, according to a statement issued by the government.

Iraq has been rocked by mass protests since early October against unemployment,poor living conditions and corruption. Protesters’ demands later spiraled into calls for dissolving Abdul-Mahdi’s government.

The premier called on the parliament “to find the proper solutions during its next session” in reference to his resignation.

The fatalities occurred when security forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators near a security checkpoint in central Nassiriya, witnesses said.

According to the Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, at least 340 Iraqis have been killed and around 15,000 have been injured since the protests began on Oct. 1.

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