Incument Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has resigned.
Maliki was accused of favouring the Shia majority during his time in office, and his resignation offers new hope of an end to political deadlock.
But the Iraqi government still faces many threats, foremost among them is the Islamic State group, which is expanding in the country's west.
Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf reports from the Kurdish city of Erbil.
Source: Al Jazeera