Iraq: Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr calls for dissolution of parliament

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Iraq&nbsp ;: Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr calls for the dissolution of Parliament

The Shiite leader calls for the dissolution of the Iraqi Parliament and the holding of early legislative elections.

The powerful Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr called on Wednesday for the dissolution of the Iraqi Parliament and the holding of early legislative elections, saying he believed that there was “no point” in dialogue with his adversaries in a context of total political paralysis.

The televised address of the troublemaker of Iraqi political life, the first since his supporters invaded the seat of Parliament by the thousands on Saturday to s' x27;y to install, comes at a time when calls for dialogue are increasing on the political scene.

Tensions escalated in Iraq after Mr. Sadr rejected a candidate for prime minister put forward by his adversaries, the pro-Iran Shia factions that form the influential cadre of coordination.

“I am sure that the majority of the population is enraged by the entire ruling class, including some [ politicians] who belong to my party [the Sadrist Current]. »

— From Moqtada Sadr's TV speech

From now on, there will be no old figures, regardless of their affiliation, he said. he assured, proposing a peaceful revolutionary democratic process, then early democratic elections after the dissolution of the current parliament.

The Sadrist Current had won hands down the last legislative elections of October 2021 with 73 elected in the Parliament of 329 deputies.

However, in June, Mr. Sadr had created the surprise by causing its deputies to resign, having failed with its allies to have a prime minister appointed and to form a majority government.

Nearly ten months of negotiations and political squabbles between parties have prevented Iraq from appointing a new President of the Republic or a Head of Government.

Mr. Sadr launched a campaign of maximum pressure against his opponents and demonstrated that he was still capable of mobilizing crowds to advance his pawns: twice, in late July, his supporters invaded parliament, installing a camp since Saturday.

Revolutionaries and protesters who participate in the sit-in must stay and continue their camp until the application of the claims, he hammered.

A dissolution of Parliament can only be done by an absolute majority vote, according to the Iraqi Constitution. It can be requested by a third of the deputies or by the Prime Minister with the agreement of the President of the Republic.

After the resignation of the deputies of Mr. Sadr, his opponents of the Coordinating Framework have become the main Shia bloc within the hemicycle.

The alliance includes former Hachd al-Shaabi paramilitaries and the party of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a historic enemy of Mr. Sadr. At the end of July, she presented the candidacy for the post of prime minister of Mohamed Chia al-Soudani, a 52-year-old former minister and former provincial governor.

“Serious dialogues that can give hope for the resolution of differences […] begin with respect for constitutional institutions. »

— Tweet by Nouri al-Maliki, adversary of Moqtada Sadr

Indeed, in an attempt to find a way out of the crisis, Prime Minister Moustafa al-Kazimi, who is in charge of current affairs, had recently proposed a national dialogue.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has also called for a meaningful dialogue between all parties, saying they felt it was more urgent than ever.

Recent events have demonstrated the rapid risk of escalation in a tense political climate, a statement said. We call on all actors […] to agree on solutions without delay, UNAMI added.

French President Emmanuel Macron s& #x27;He also met with Iraqi leaders on Tuesday to express his concern about the situation in Iraq, according to the Élysée.

He said his availability to contribute to dialogue and consultation between the different parties, seeing this as the only way to find a way out of the crisis.

Don't believe the rumors that I don't don't want dialogue, assured Mr. Sadr in his speech on Wednesday.

However, we have already tried and experienced dialogue with them, but it has not brought us anything and to the nation, save ruin and corruption […], despite their promises, he castigated. There is no point in expecting such a dialogue.

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