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Iraq's prime minister to resign after day of deadly violence

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Iraq's prime minister to resign after day of deadly violence

Iraq's prime minister has announced that he is resigning in the wake of deadly anti-government protests.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi's announcement was broadcast on Iraq's state television, just over a year after he took office.

It comes a day after more than 40 protesters were killed by Iraqi security forces.

The announcement gave no indication of a specific time frame, but parliament is due to convene on Sunday.

Celebrations erupted in Baghdad's Tahrir Square after the announcement, where anti-government protesters have been camped out for almost two months.
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