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Iraqi prime minister says he will submit resignation to head off further bloodshed

Iraqi prime minister says he will submit resignation to head off further bloodshed

Adel Abdul Mahdi will step down as Iraqi prime ministerFriday  that he will submit his resignation to parliament in hopes of curbing  two months of widespread protests that have resulted in the deaths of  hundreds of Iraqis.

Prime  Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi decided to resign in response to a call  Friday by Iraq’s powerful Shiite Muslim religious leader, Grand  Ayatollah Ali Sistani, for a change of leadership, according to a  statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

The  statement said Abdul Mahdi’s resignation aims to “preserve the blood”  of Iraqis amid a rising death toll in protests since early October over  official corruption, high unemployment and poor government services in  the oil-rich nation.

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