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Baghdad provincial leader in Iraq resigns amid protests

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The governor of the Iraqi province Baghdad Fallah al-Jazairi resigned amid protests in the country, the Provincial Council accepted it, a source in the Council told RIA.

“The governor of Baghdad resigned from his post on Sunday, members of the Provincial Council voted in favor of accepting it. Acceptance of applications for candidates for the post (governor – ed.) Is open for five days,” the source said.

Since October 1, anti-government protests have been held in Iraq, which began with calls to go out, distributed on social networks, with demands to strengthen the fight against corruption, reduce unemployment, and improve the work of public utilities.

These protests were the first since the appointment of the government of Adele Abdel Mahdi a year ago. During the rallies there are riots and clashes between demonstrators and security forces who use weapons.

Currently, doctors report 113 dead and more than 4 thousand injured, 200 of whom are in serious condition. Not a single party or political leader claimed to be behind these protests.

The UN has demanded an end to violence against civilians in Iraq and an open investigation into the deaths of peaceful protesters.

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