Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has decided to resign after weeks of bloody anti-government protests throughout the country; Hundreds of civilians have been killed throughout the protests; Mahdi: I will submit to parliament an official memorandum resigning from the current prime ministry so that the parliament can review its choices.
Iraq’s Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has announced his resignation after two months of anti-government protests that took a seriously violent turn. Over the last two months, as civilians have clashed with security forces, hundreds have died and thousands have been wounded. One of the bloodiest days thus far was yesterday, when a minimum of 50 protestors died.
Mahdi stated, “I will submit to parliament an official memorandum resigning from the current prime ministry so that the parliament can review its choices.” Large celebrations took place in Tahrir Square in the wake of his announcement. The co-founder of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, Yanar Mohammed, called this announcement, “the first step to a victory over a corrupt sectarian and criminal government.”
Similar to protestors in Lebanon, those in Iraq have no intention of slowing down until all of their requirements are met.