As turmoil continues to rock Iraq, the worst kind since the elimination of Saddam Hussein, more deaths are being reported in a second attempt by protestors to bring down the Iranian consulate in Najaf.
In an attempt to win the trust of the disgruntled public, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi rendered his resignation saying that he wanted an end to the death of innocent civilians. However, demonstrations have continued unabated.
Almost 400 and counting more civilians have already lost their lives, in what is being said to be an Iranian-orchestrated response to two months of protests against corruption, economic hardship and failed public services.
The civilian population is well aware of Iranian interference and therefore has been against any governing representation from the elite that has been easily influenced by the Iranian power game. Clashes continued in Najaf, where armed men in civilian clothes have been seen firing on protesters who had torched part of a Shiite shrine.
Under pressure from the influential Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Mahdi rendered his resignation which was quickly accepted by the Parliament, which has been told to withdraw support from his government as well.
Abdel Mahdi was being supported by Iran whose intervention was also condemned openly by Sistani. While President Barham Saleh will now be asked to name a successor, protestors are in no mood for this compromise.
The unanimous cry is for wider change where Iraqi wants completely new governance without any presence of the old and Iranian interference.
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