Baghdad: Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and 58 wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, as PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to the parliament.

Two members of parliament said Lawmakers were expected to either vote or accept outright Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation letter in a parliamentary session on Sunday.

The prime minister announced Thursday he would hand parliament his resignation on Friday amid mounting pressure from mass anti-government protests, a day after more than 40 demonstrators were killed by security forces in Baghdad and southern Iraq.

The announcement also came after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric withdrew his support for the government in a weekly sermon.