In Baghdad, Sadr's supporters begin to withdraw on the orders of their leader

&In Baghdad, Sadr's supporters begin to withdraw on the orders of their leader

Members of the Peace Brigades, the armed faction under Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr, left the green zone of Baghdad.

Followers of Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr began withdrawing from Baghdad's green zone on Tuesday after a call to order from their leader who castigated their use of arms against the security forces, fighting that left 23 dead in 24 hours.

The army immediately announced the lifting of the curfew decreed the day before throughout Iraq, a country rich in oil, but overwhelmed by a serious socio-economic crisis coupled with a political deadlock since the elections. legislative elections of October 2021.

Immediately after the announcement, the day before, of the influential Moqtada Sadr of his withdrawal from political life, of which he is nevertheless a key player, thousands of his supporters invaded the seat of government in the green zone.

Fighting then broke out between Sadrists and supporters of the Coordination Framework, a rival alliance of Moqtada Sadr which brings together pro-Iran factions, including that of Hashd al-Shaabi.

If all members of the Sadrist Current do not withdraw within 60 minutes from everywhere (in Baghdad), even from the sit-in (in front of the Parliament), I will disavow them, launched in a firm tone Moqtada Sadr during a conference release in his stronghold of Najaf (center).

Supporters of Moqtada Sadr climb onto a damaged military vehicle belonging to the Iraqi security forces, a day after violent clashes.

I apologize to the Iraqi people, the only ones affected by the events, added Moqtada Sadr, whose influence is matched only by the x27;unpredictability.

“Shame on this revolution. No matter who initiated it, this revolution, as long as it is tainted by violence, is not one.

— Moqtada Sadr

I criticize the Sadrist movement. I thank the security forces and the members of Hachd al-Chaabi, he thundered.

After his appeal, members of the Peace Brigades, an armed faction under Mr. Sadr, and his supporters who had been camped for weeks outside the parliament building, began to leave the Green Zone, an area housing government institutions and embassies. Western.

On foot or in vans, many of them took the Republic Bridge over the Tigris to return home, AFP noted. And the guns fell silent.

Fighting between the Peace Brigades on the one hand and the security forces and Hachd al-Chaabi on the other resumed in the morning after a relatively calm night. Heavy weapons and RPG rockets have been used in the Green Zone.

According to a latest report from medical sources, at least 23 Sadrists have been shot dead since Monday and 380 people injured in the green area. Funerals were organized in Najaf.

The United States, an influential country in Iraq where they are deploying soldiers, the UN and France have called for the detention.

Iraq has been embroiled in political stalemate since the October 2021 parliamentary elections won by Moqtada Sadr, with political barons failing to agree on who to name. a new prime minister.

The country therefore has neither a new government nor a new president.

To get out of the crisis, Moqtada Sadr and the Executive of coordination agree on one point: new elections are needed. But if Moqtada Sadr insists on dissolving parliament first, his rivals want a government first.

Moqtada Sadr, who announced his departure from Iraqi political life, urged his supporters to lay down their arms on Tuesday.

In recent weeks, the Iraqi Shia leader has been upping the ante because he knows he can count on the support of x27;a very large fringe of the Shiite community, the majority in Iraq.

Tuesday he again confirmed his withdrawal from political life during his press conference. My withdrawal is final, he said, refusing to answer questions about the political situation in the country.

Arrived first in the legislative elections with 73 seats (out of 329), but unable to form a majority, he had his deputies resign in June, claiming to want to reform the system and put an end to the corruption.

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