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Iraq Prime Minister Announces Resignation

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday, November 29 after the country’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric called for lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest, Reuters reports.

“In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government,” a statement signed by Abdul Mahdi said.

The statement did not say when he would resign. Parliament is to convene an emergency session on Sunday to discuss the crisis.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani earlier urged parliament to considering withdrawing its support for Abdul Mahdi’s government to stem spiralling violence.

Security forces meanwhile shot dead at least three people in the southern city of Nassiriya as clashes continued.

Iraqi forces have killed nearly 400 mostly young, unarmed demonstrators people since mass anti-government protests broke out on Oct. 1. More than a dozen members of the security forces have also died in clashes.

The burning of Iran’s consulate in the holy city of Najaf on Wednesday escalated violence and drew a brutal response from security forces who shot dead more than 60 people nationwide on Thursday.

The unrest is Iraq’s biggest crisis for years. It pits protesters from Shi’ite heartlands in Baghdad and the south against a corrupt Shi’ite-dominated ruling elite seen as pawns of Iran.



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    December 1, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    Trump appointed him. Abdul Mahdi’s father was working for the British imperialism. He was paying money for people to kill each others. His payment was a huge area of land at the expense of the other people.
    His son became higher in rank than as his father. His father was minister of economy under PM Nouri AL-saed. His son has been the PM. He went to Iraq in 2003 on an American tank as a liberator of Iraq. What he has done is to kill more than 600 hundred poor Iraqis and wounded more than 15K. Saddam was considered by Bush 2 as a war criminal because he killed 60 Iraqis in a smal town, AL-Dajail. But PM Abdul Mahdi killed ten times more without counting the wounded. I have never heard that Trump has charged him with war crimes against humanity.
    Economically, Abdul Mahdi has done nothing productive. No new industry and agaricultural projects have been built. No infrastrucuture has been fixed. He has been trying to privatize oil which to sell Iraqi wealth to his masters at a very low price. His economy has been importing commodities from Iran and Turkey for more than 30 billion in order to help these countries to create jobs. But he does not create jobs for the Iraqis. He tried to build a useless oil pipeline from Iraq to Jordan in order to give Iraqi oil to Israel. And in this way, he decided not to reopen the oil pipeline between Iraq and Syria. So, he is just wasting Iraq’s wealth to satisfy his British and French masters.
    I am sure the Iraqi revolution will continue to destroy Bremer’s law and to create economic and political independence without foreign forces trying to make Iraq the battle field for their historical problems. Iraq has been destroyed by the US bombings and requires a government to rebuild the entire country in order to hire the people by developing industries and other economic sectors. Sectarian System the US has imposed cannot solve the current Iraqi problem.
    Finally, Abdul Mahdi should be sent to jail in order to be tried as a war criminal. He should not go back to France with a heavy load of cash.

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