Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Friday announced that he was in the midst of appeals to lawmakers over the killing of more than 40 people in the crackdown on security forces and withdrawal of support by a top Iraqi Shia cleric. Will submit his resignation to Abdul Mahdi said in a statement that he made the decision to "listen very carefully" to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and in response to his call and to "implement it as soon as possible".
He said, "I will submit an official memorandum resigning from the post of Prime Minister to Parliament so that Parliament can review its options." Sistani said in his weekly sermon on Friday that the Parliament that elected the Prime Minister's Mahdi government should be " Options should be reconsidered. Earlier, the government took strict action amid protests in various cities in Iraq, This led to the death of about 40 protesters. Since the violence on Thursday, more than 390 people have died and more than 15,000 have been injured in the country since October.
Iraq's Human Rights Commission reported that the largest number of people died in southern Nasiriya. Here security forces used excessive force to end the rallies and 25 people died during this period. Two protesters died in Baghdad and ten in Najaf. Protesters in Najaf set the Iranian consulate on fire on Wednesday. They were opposed to Tehran's political dominance in Iraq.