Iraqi PM for­mally sub­mits res­ig­na­tion

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

BAGH­DAD — Three anti-gov­ern­ment protesters were shot dead and at least 58 oth­ers wounded in Bagh­dad and south­ern Iraq on Satur­day, se­cu­rity and med­i­cal of­fi­cials said, as Prime Min­is­ter Adel Ab­dul-Mahdi for­mally sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion to par­lia­ment.

Law­mak­ers were ex­pected to either vote on or ac­cept out­right Ab­dulMahdi’s res­ig­na­tion let­ter in a par­lia­men­tary ses­sion Sun­day, two mem­bers of par­lia­ment said.

The prime min­is­ter an­nounced Fri­day he would hand par­lia­ment his res­ig­na­tion amid mount­ing pres­sure from mass antigov­ern­ment protests, a day af­ter more than 40 demon­stra­tors were killed by se­cu­rity forces in Bagh­dad and south­ern Iraq. The an­nounce­ment also came af­ter Iraq’s top Shi­ite cleric with­drew his sup­port for the gov­ern­ment in a weekly ser­mon.

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