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Samson » July 31st, 2022

Street vendors inside the Iraqi parliament..Sadr’s minister comments

31st July, 2022

Activists on social media circulated photos and videos of street vendors inside the Iraqi parliament, amid “Ashoura processions” on the second day of the Sadrist movement’s sit-in in the House of Representatives, located inside the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

For the second time in less than a week, thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed parliament, denouncing the name of al-Sadr’s opponents’ candidate for prime minister.

This escalation, according to the French news agency, will further complicate the political scene in Iraq, which has been in complete paralysis since the early legislative elections in October 2021, with endless negotiations and skirmishes between the major parties that have so far been unable to agree on the election of a president and the assignment of a president. A new head of government.

The demonstrators reject the name of Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, who was nominated by al-Sadr’s political opponents for the position of prime minister in the coordinating framework that includes Shiite blocs, most notably the State of Law led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Al-Fateh bloc representing the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions.

On Sunday morning, volunteers were distributing soup, boiled eggs, bread and water to the protesters who spent their first night in Parliament, according to the agency.  In Parliament Garden, some sat on mats under the palm trees while others slept on mattresses and blankets laid on the floor of the Parliament. Religious Ashura songs were broadcast over loudspeakers, coinciding with the start of the month of Muharram on Sunday in Iraq, in which Shiites commemorate the memory of Imam Hussein.

For his part, Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, nicknamed “Minister al-Sadr”, criticized the spread of street vendors in the parliament. He commented, “This is an uncivilized phenomenon,” according to local media.

Following the Sadrist movement’s demonstrations on Saturday, calls for calm and dialogue continued from various Iraqi political parties. And Saturday, the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, announced, “The suspension of Parliament sessions until further notice,” calling on “the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to take the necessary measures to protect institutions and protect the demonstrators, whom I call on to preserve their peace and preserve state property.”

In a statement addressed to the security forces, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi called on the security forces to protect the demonstrators. He also called on the demonstrators to remain peaceful in their movement. Al-Kazemi said in a televised speech: “The political blocs must sit, negotiate and understand for the sake of Iraq and the Iraqis, and the language of treason and exclusion must be avoided. The state”.

On Saturday morning, thousands of pro-Sadr demonstrators gathered on the Jumhuriya Bridge leading to the fortified Green Zone, which includes government headquarters and foreign embassies, and hundreds of them managed to bypass the concrete barriers on the bridge and enter it.

Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and water in an attempt to disperse and deter the demonstrators. And the Iraqi Ministry of Health stated in a statement, Saturday, that the institutions of the Ministry of Health received 125 wounded, 100 of them civilians and 25 security men.

A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the parties to “de-escalate the situation”. “The Secretary-General urges all parties and all actors to overcome their differences and form an effective national government, through a peaceful and inclusive dialogue … without further delay,” he said in a statement.

For its part, the coordinating framework expressed in a statement Saturday its “grave concern” over the recent events, “especially the encroachment on constitutional institutions and the storming of the parliament.” He called on “the masses of the Iraqi people who believe in the law, the constitution and constitutional legitimacy to demonstrate peacefully in defense of the state and its legitimacy.”

In turn, Hadi al-Amiri, who leads one of the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions, said, appealing to the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework: “I call on all of you to adopt the approach of calm, restraint and deliberation, and prefer the method of dialogue and constructive understanding in order to overcome differences.”   LINK

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