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Iraq Threatened with Security Escalation as Political Opponents Call for Massive Demonstrations

Iraq Threatened with Security Escalation as Political Opponents Call for Massive Demonstrations

Friday, 12 August, 2022 - 07:45
Al-Sadr’s supporters sit next to the tents in front of the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad. (EPA)

Iraq’s political crisis that has been persisting for months has taken an escalating turn, after the leader of As-Sadr movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on the Judiciary to dissolve Parliament, with the aim to produce a radical change in the country’s political track.

Since the withdrawal of the 73 Sadrist deputies in mid-June, by order of Muqtada al-Sadr, the latter continues relentlessly to pressure his opponents, by urging his followers to storm into the parliament building, and calling on the judicial authorities to dissolve the parliament, in an effort to change the political system.

In contrast, the Shiite Coordination Framework is insisting on the need to abide by the constitutional contexts, including the formation of a new government that can implement the steps of change demanded by al-Sadr.

The escalation between the political opponents has reached its peak over the last two days, as the two blocs are betting on the “power of the street” to resolve the conflict over the constitution, which emerged following the parliamentary elections.

In this regard, Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, who is known as “the minister of al-Sadr”, called on supporters of the movement to prepare for mass gatherings in the various Iraqi provinces.

Al-Iraqi said on his blog that the demonstrations were aimed at backing the campaign of lawsuits that thousands of al-Sadr followers would submit before the judiciary to dissolve parliament.

On the other hand, the Organizational Committee for Supporting Legitimacy and Preserving State Institutions, which is part of the Coordination Framework Forces, called for parallel demonstrations near the Green Zone.

According to a statement issued by the committee, the forces demanded respect for state institutions and the need to prevent chaos and to alleviate people’s suffering.

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