Baghdad Mayor Quits After Protests Intensify in Iraq, TV Says

Baghdad’s mayor became the third official to submit his resignation this month following street protests in the country to demand better living conditions and anti-corruption measures, state television channel Iraqiya said.

Saber al-Issawi handed his resignation to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the channel reported today. The governors of the southern provinces of Basra and Babil also resigned earlier this month.

Rallies across Iraq calling for more accountability from elected leaders and better services have intensified since last month amid a wave of unrest that has swept through the Middle East, ousting the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents. Several people have been killed in the protests across Iraq.

Maliki has urged his ministers to step up reform or face the sack following the wave of unrest.

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