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Political crisis of confidence leaves Iraq in search of a new direction

After almost two months of protests in which more than 400 people are thought to have been killed and another 15,000 injured, Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi accepted reality, announcing on 29 November that he would step down. His resignation was accepted by the Council of Representatives (parliament) on 1 December, but Abdel-Mahdi and his cabinet will stay on until a new administration is formed.It is not clear how long the interregnum might last, but Iraqi governments have usually taken a painfully long time to form during the democratic period.

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