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The governor of Baghdad presents his resignation after the latest riots

October 7, 2019


The governor of the Iraqi province of Baghdad, Falá al Jazairi, on Sunday presented his resignation after the last outbreak of violence between protesters and security forces in the east of the capital, as reported by the television network Al Sumaria.

The members of the Provincial Council have voted in favor of accepting the resignation, which is why he has left office. “Candidates will be accepted to fill their position for the next five days,” said a board member.

Al Jazairi was elected by that council in December 2018 to replace Atwan al Atwani, who had been elected to occupy a seat in Parliament.

His resignation has taken place after a convulsive week of protests against corruption, unemployment and the lack of supplies in which more than a hundred people have died and thousands have been injured throughout the country.

In Baghdad, this Sunday the riots have been concentrated in the Sadr City neighborhood, an area of ​​Shia majority, where at least eight people have died. Police, supported by the Army, have used real ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters at two points in Sadr City, according to police sources.

Protests began on Tuesday, October 1, to denounce corruption, unemployment, the shortage of basic products and deficiencies in basic supplies such as electricity and drinking water.

This crisis represents the greatest challenge faced by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who came to power a year ago with the support of the Shiite parties that govern Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.