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Iraq PM to submit resignation letter to Parliament amid protests
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Iraq PM to submit resignation letter to Parliament amid protests

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Baghdad, Nov 29: Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Friday, following weeks of protests in the country, he would submit his resignation letter to parliament.

"I will submit the official letter to the House of Representatives to step down as head of the present government to let the parliament consider their variants," the Prime Minister said in a statement.

The ongoing unrest in Iraq began in early October and developed in waves of escalation. The people are demanding the government's dismissal and an end to the economic crisis. In November, 66 Iraqi officers stood trial for excessive use of force against the protesters.

Iraq faced similar protests in 2011 when demonstrators also demanded better living conditions, an end to corruption and a resolution to the unemployment issue. In 2013, the new rallies were organised by Sunni Arabs, who felt marginalised after the United States' intervention 10 years earlier, as the Shia majority gained power after the Sunni-dominated Baath party was overthrown. (UNI)