The president of Iraq, Barham Salih, speaks before the UN General Assembly – Cia Pak / UN General Assembly / dpa – Archive
The president of Iraq, Barham Salih, has expressed on Thursday his willingness to resign before his refusal to appoint a prime minister who does not have the support of protesters, who have been protesting in the country since early October, according to local media reports , who had initially announced their resignation.
In a letter sent to Parliament, he explained that the Constitution does not allow him to reject a candidate proposed by the main parliamentary bloc, but in his case he is not willing to support the one proposed by the pro-Iranian bloc Alliance Bina, since it has been rejected by protesters.
Thus, he has made it clear that he will not support Asaad al Eidani, current governor of Basra, as prime minister, after he was proposed Wednesday by the said parliamentary bloc and the Iraqis have already expressed their rejection in the streets, and he is willing to submit your resignation so you don't have to.
In his letter, whose full text has been published by the NINA agency, he has made it clear that he acts for his “responsibility for the security and stability” of the country and therefore transfers his “readiness to resign from the post of president to the members of Parliament to that they decide as representatives of the people what they consider appropriate. ”
The protests that began last October 1 in Iraq have resulted in the deaths of more than 450 people. Protesters denounce the prevailing corruption and demand a change in the political system, which already forced a few weeks ago the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
It is not the first time that protesters reject a name raised as a possible relief of Abdul Mahdi, since they insist that his successor should not be anyone who has already held any governmental office.