Iraqi anti-government protesters carry away an injured comrade amidst clashes with security forces by the capital Baghdad's…
BAGHDAD - Anti-government violence raged on in southern Iraq on Friday, despite the announced resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. At least 21 people were killed in the southern part of the country, and one protester was killed in central Baghdad as demonstrations continued here, including a thousands-strong sit-in at Tahrir Square.
Abdul Mahdi's announcement came after the country's senior Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest.
"In response to this [the cleric's] call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand [to accept] my resignation from the leadership of the current government," a statement signed by Abdul Mahdi said.
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