Article quote: “Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on last Tuesday his government would not respond to demonstrators’ demands to resign without a “smooth and swift” alternative.” The prime minister of Iraq Mahdi, has not left his position. The recent news from Iraq told us Mahdi would and could accept a peaceful transition to a new PM for the sake of keep law and order. Mahdi also spelled out the conditions under which he would resign. Then Mutada al-Sadr has even come out and said he would prefer NOT to hold re-elections. But you can see the frustration of the demonstrators and why they might want this resignation as an alternative to what they now have. But he is NOT the real cause of Iranian influence in Iraq.