Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi says he will resign

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi will resign after nearly two months of anti-government protests, according to a statement from his office. Abdul Mahdi said his resignation was in response to the Friday sermon of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who referenced the “failure of respective agencies to handle developments over the past two months.” Abdul Mahdi had initially agreed to resign on October 31 on the condition that a successor was agreed to replace him. Days of violence The news comes after the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf was attacked on Wednesday. Mahdi ordered an investigation on Thursday into the deaths of at least 31 people. More than 1,000 people were …