Iraq's parliament accepted Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's resignation Sunday, but the move is not expected to end nearly two months of violent anti-government protests.
Mahdi resigned Friday. President Barham Salih will now ask the largest bloc in parliament to nominate a new prime minister. But this could lead to weeks of deal-making because it is unclear which coalition of parties make up the largest bloc.
Mahdi and his government have agreed to stay on in a caretaker role until a new prime minister is approved. Anti-government protesters gather on Rasheed Street during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 29, 2019.
Mahdi's resignation is unlikely to satisfy anti-government protesters who have said it is not enough for a new prime minister to take over -- they are demanding changes to the entire political system, which they call corrupt, inept, and does little to help impoverished Iraqis despite the nation’s oil wealth.
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