At least 250 people have been killed since the unrest began on October 1
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s two main backers have agreed to work to remove him from office as protests against his government gained momentum in Baghdad and much of the Shiite south only to be met with violence.
Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr, who leads parliament’s largest bloc, had asked Mr Abdul Mahdi to call an early election. When the premier refused, he called on his main political rival Hadi Al Amiri to help oust him.
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WNU Editor: The Iraqi Shiite establishment need a sacrificial lamb to calm the mass protests that are now occurring throughout the country. It looks like the Iraqi Prime Minister got the short end of the stick.
Iraqi prime minister’s main backers agree to oust him — Reuters
Iraqi Prime Minister’s main backers agree to oust him amid violent protests — ABC News Online
Iraqi PM Abdul Mahdi’s main backers agree to remove him — Al Jazeera
Iraq on edge after al-Sadr calls for removal of prime minister — CNN
Iraq’s Sadr calls on rival to join him in ousting PM — Middle East Monitor
Sadr issues dire warning of internal conflict if Abdul-Mahdi not ousted — RUDAW