Iraqi Prime Minister willing to resign if replacement is found: president

Iraqi president Barham Salih announced on Thursday that Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, agreed to resign if political parties agreed on a replacement ‘within constitutional measures.’

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi president Barham Salih announced on Thursday that Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, agreed to resign if political parties agreed on a replacement ‘within constitutional measures.’

Salih, in a speech addressing the Iraqi people, said the Prime Minister “is prepared to step down with the condition that, within a constitutional framework, a replacement should be agreed upon by political parties to avoid a constitutional vacuum.”

Salih also affirmed that he is in constant coordination with different blocs and authorities as well as experts to introduce legal and constitutional reforms to protect the stability and security of Iraq, saying that “the situation cannot continue like this. We require big changes.”

Salih also emphasized that “it is the duty of the parliament, the government, and the people,” to protect the country against those with bad intentions and to rid the country of corruption, calling on everyone to preserve peace and safety “so we can meet the legitimate demands of the people and heal Iraq.”

The Iraqi president’s speech came after a month of ongoing violent and nationwide demonstrations calling for an end to the economic woes of the people of Iraq and a complete governmental overhaul amid shortages of public services, high rates of unemployment, and chronic institutional corruption. 

Protests in Iraq began earlier this month quickly turning violent as they continued and spread to different parts of Iraq. The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights on Wednesday announced that 100 individuals had died, while another 5,500 were injured since the beginning of the protests on 25.Oct, 2019.

Another bout of demonstrations earlier in the month went on for about a week, leaving at least 140 dead.

Editing by Nadia Riva