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Parliament accepts resignation of Iraq's head of government

The Iraqi Parliament has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi. The Parliament will ask President Barham Salih, to appoint a successor, reported the Iraqi state television on Sunday, citing the speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbusi.

The Shiite politicians had announced on Friday after a week-long mass protests for his resignation and, thus, a Central demand of the protesters met. Abdel Mahdi, who had taken office only in October 2018. According to his statement, the Cabinet shall perform the duties until a successor is determined.

The Iraqi Constitution that is the strongest Block in the Parliament first, a candidate. This President Salih would have to supervisor, then in order to form within one month of a new government.

The majority of the members in the 329 seats on the count of the meeting of the Alliance of the influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. His Block was gone in the parliamentary election in may 2018, as the strongest force.

For experts from government

The Alliance, said the Iraqi news site Alsumaria, according to but, to have this right is given up. The objective of this step is that a government of technocrats and to meet a demand of the protesters.

Since the overthrow of long-time ruler Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Power is distributed according to a system of Proportional representation between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Many politicians see in the System is the cause for rampant corruption and the lack of competence of the state authorities.

In Iraq since the beginning of October in several Parts of the country to mass protests against the political leadership. The Parliament selected the people came to the law Commission, according to at least 380 people have been killed. Human rights groups accuse the authorities to be excessive violence against the protesters acted.

warrant of arrest against military chief

The Supreme judicial authority of the country, the High judicial Council, announced on Sunday an arrest warrant against a military chief. General Dschamil al-Schammari had arranged the judicial Council, according to the deadly crackdown against protesters in the southern Iraq's province of Thi Kar.

were There in clashes with security forces this week, at least 32 people were killed. Al-Schammari, the state news Agency INA was there, according to a report responsible for safety, was removed on Thursday from his Post. In addition, a travel ban against him.

Also in the Holy city of Najaf, South of Baghdad security forces and demonstrators faced off on Sunday according to eye witnesses. Dozens of you requested there is, therefore, the release of several protesters, to be held in a Holy place. (nag/roy/sda)

Created: 02.12.2019, 01:02 PM

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