The president of Iraq left office on Thursday after refusing to appoint a prime minister chosen by the Iranian-backed parliamentary bloc.
President Barham Salih said in a statement issued by his office that he would not appoint Basra province governor Asaad al-Eidani as the country's next prime minister "to prevent further bloodshed and protect civil peace," she said. Associated Press news agency.
Al-Eidani's name was proposed on Wednesday by the Fatah bloc, which includes leaders associated with Iran-linked paramilitary groups. His nomination was promptly rejected by Iraqi protesters who stormed the streets on Wednesday and called for an independent candidate.
The Middle East has faced massive protests since October, when protesters took to the streets calling for an end to Iraq's entire political class. The popular uprising resulted in the resignation of then Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and left more than 450 people dead.
Focused on Baghdad and the southern Shiite majority, the protests have since evolved into a revolt against Iran's political and military influence in the country.
. (tagsToTranslate) Political Instability in Iraq