Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced Friday that he would resign after two months of protests that Iran had too much influence over elections there.
No timetable for the resignation was given, but the Iraqi parliament will meet Sunday to begin discussing Abdul-Mahdi’s replacement.
Iranian security forces have responded to the protests with deadly force, killing an estimated 400 Iraqis and wounding around 1,000. The United Nations expressed concern over the bloodshed, leading a regional governor and the commander of the action to resign.
Iraq’s highest-ranking Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani had called for the resignation, saying that the nation was on the brink of civil war.
Members of parliament had been prepared to take a no confidence vote on Abdul-Mahdi’s leadership on Sunday if he had not resigned.
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