Amidst security alert, Sadr’s supporters demonstrate in Baghdad to prevent the parliament session from being held | Politics news


Crowds of supporters of the Sadrist movement demonstrated today, Saturday, in Tahrir Square in Baghdad; With the aim of preventing a possible session of the Iraqi parliament to elect the president and prime minister, at a time when security forces closed a number of bridges with concrete barriers.

Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the demonstrators crossed security barriers on the Al-Jumhuriya Bridge to reach the Green Zone, after they were able to remove parts of the concrete blocks that were set up as barriers to prevent them from reaching the area that includes sovereign headquarters, including Parliament, in addition to the headquarters of foreign diplomatic missions.

The reporter added that the demonstrators flocked from the early hours of the morning to Tahrir Square and raised pictures of the movement’s leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, and chanted slogans in support of him and his political positions.

Iraqi sources said that supporters of the Sadrist movement’s leader Muqtada al-Sadr closed the offices of the al-Hikma movement led by Ammar al-Hakim after his speech regarding the Sadrist movement’s demonstrations.

In turn, sources told Al Jazeera that there is no scheduled session of the Iraqi parliament today, Saturday, and no date has been set for the session to choose the head of state and the prime minister.

The Green Zone is witnessing strict security measures by increasing the number of concrete barriers and closing roads leading to it, after supporters of the Sadrist movement threatened to storm the Green Zone again, in protest against the nomination of the coordination framework, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, as a candidate for the post of prime minister of the next government.

Last Wednesday, thousands of Sadrist supporters stormed the House of Representatives building inside the Green Zone, in protest against Al-Sudani’s nomination for the position of prime minister, and they stayed inside the building for about 3 hours, before they withdrew from it at the invitation of Muqtada al-Sadr.

Hold on to the Sudanese nomination

On the other hand, the coordinating framework affirmed its adherence to Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani as a candidate for prime minister, and the framework called on all political forces to agree before the parliament session.

The Shiite coordinating framework in Iraq called on the political forces to be consistent in their stance towards completing the constitutional dues before the parliament session devoted to electing the president of the republic.

For its part, the Iraqi Sovereignty Alliance announced that it will not attend the next parliament session unless there is an understanding on the demands of its masses and allies in the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani, and in the Sadrist movement as well.

A statement by the coalition stressed the need to find a comprehensive national understanding before entering into any details related to the next government, and stressed that the logic of exclusivity would only bring more instability to Iraq.

The call of the wise

Meanwhile, the head of the Alliance of National State Forces in Iraq, Ammar al-Hakim, called on Friday for the Kurdish forces to agree to nominate a candidate for the presidency of the republic soon.

Al-Hakim said in front of a large gathering of his supporters in Al-Khilani Square in central Baghdad, “I call for there to be a clear mechanism for choosing the president of the republic and not to keep this in the scenes and closed meetings, and the Kurds should either agree on a candidate or go with two candidates, and the choice is left to Parliament soon “.

Al-Hakim called to work seriously to amend the Iraqi parliamentary elections law, while preserving the rights of the components and completing legal legislation in the field of nominations to get rid of the political blockage complex and bypass its danger and to resort to the law and the constitution and preserve the prestige of the state.

In his speech, Al-Hakim stressed that the political forces should “open a page for serious dialogue in a spirit worthy of Iraq, based on mutual trust and joint action in making strategic decisions and fighting sedition, because the unity of Iraq is a red line.”

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