After just over a year in power, premier Adil Abdul Mahdi stepped down last week and the parliament formally tasked President Barham Saleh with naming a new candidate.
"Excessive force outside the rules of engagement was used and we have begun to hold accountable those commanding officers who carried out these wrong acts," the military says after more than 100 protesters were killed over the last week.
The United Nations had earlier urged for an end to violence in Iraq, during six days of anti-government rallies marred by the killing of over 100 people, mainly protesters.
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