Iraqi PM Adil Abdul Mahdi Assures to Step Down if a Consensus Candidate is Found to Replace Him

  • Iraq’s President Barham Salih has announced in a televised speech that the country’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has agreed to step down after continued anti-government protests. PM Mahdi has agreed to resign only if a successor is agreed upon for replacing him. The anti-government protests were supported by one of the most powerful politicians and leading Shiite clerics of Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr. He called upon other political parties to support his no-confidence motion against the incumbent government of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi. Widespread unemployment, lack of basic services (including clean water and electricity), high level of corruption, and other factors have inflamed the on-going protest for the last one month. Till now thousands of people have been injured and over 200 protesters have died.