Iraq Politics: Cabinet Approves Prime Minister's Resignation

Iraq's Cabinet approved Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi's resignation, his office said in a statement, but parliament has yet to withdraw its support for the Prime Minister at a session, making it official.

Abdul Mahdi's government, including himself, will stay on in a caretaker capacity following the lawmakers' vote until a new government can be chosen, the Prime Minister said later in a televised cabinet meeting.

He added that President Barham Salih would then need to name a new Premier for approval by Parliament.

Iraqi protesters have welcomed the resignation but say it is not enough. They demand the overhaul of a political system they say is corrupt and keeps them in poverty and without opportunity.