Iraq: Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr calls for parliament to be dissolved

Iraq: 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 elections.

Powerful Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr on Wednesday called for the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament and early legislative elections, saying there was “no point” in engaging with his opponents amid total political paralysis. /p>

The television address of the troublemaker of Iraqi political life, the first since his supporters invaded the seat of Parliament by the thousands on Saturday to settle there, comes at a time when calls for dialogue are multiplying on the political scene.

Tension escalated in Iraq after Mr. Sadr rejected a candidate for prime minister presented by his opponents, the Shiite factions pro-Iran who form the influential Coordination Framework.

“I am sure that the majority of the population is exasperated with the ruling class as a whole, including some (politicians) belonging to my Current.

— Excerpt from Moqtada Sadr's TV speech

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

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

But in June, Mr. Sadr had created a surprise by causing his deputies to resign, having failed with his allies to appoint a prime minister and form a government of majority.

Nearly ten months of negotiations and political squabbles between the parties have not allowed Iraq to appoint a new President of the Republic or a leader of the government.

Mr. Sadr launched a campaign of maximum pressure against his opponents, and demonstrated that he was still able to mobilize the crowds to advance his pawns: twice at the end of July his supporters invaded Parliament, installing there since Saturday a camp.

Revolutionaries and protesters participating in the sit-in must stay and continue their camp until the demands are implemented, he insisted.

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 Mr. Sadr's deputies, his opponents in the Coordination Framework became 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 former minister and former provincial governor aged 52.

“Serious dialogues that can provide hope for resolving disputes (…) begin with respect for constitutional institutions. »

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

Because 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 meaningful dialogue between all parties, believing that; 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 also spoke with Iraqi leaders on Tuesday to express his concern about the situation in Iraq, according to the Élysée.

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

Do not believe the rumors that I do not want dialogue, assured Mr. Sadr in his speech on Wednesday.

But we have already tried and experienced dialogue with them, but it has brought nothing to us and to the nation, even ruin and corruption (… ) despite their promises, he blasted. There is no point in expecting such a dialogue.

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