Muqtada al-Sadr: A curfew in all of Iraq after the Shiite leader announced his retirement from political life

August 29, 2022, 11:33 GMT

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Today, Monday, the Iraqi authorities announced the imposition of a comprehensive curfew in all of Iraq, after the Iraqi Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced his final retirement from politics, after nearly a year of political stalemate that left the country without a new government.

This comes after Iraqi officials announced that dozens of al-Sadr’s supporters stormed on Monday the Republican Palace, a building inside the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

Officials said angry protesters “entered the Republican Palace” shortly after al-Sadr announced his retirement from political life, with thousands more of al-Sadr’s supporters heading towards the Green Zone, an AFP journalist reported.

The Joint Iraqi Forces Command said in a statement, according to the Iraqi News Agency, that it “announces a comprehensive curfew in all governorates of Iraq.”

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