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Amid security alert, Sadr supporters protest to block parliamentary session in Baghdad | political news



Supporters of the Sadrist movement protested in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Saturday morning; At a time when security forces closed several bridges with concrete barriers, aimed at preventing a possible meeting of the Iraqi parliament to elect a president and prime minister.

Demonstrators flocked to Tahrir Square early in the morning, holding up pictures of the movement’s leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, and chanting slogans in support of him and his political positions, an Al-Jazeera reporter said.

Supporters of Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr closed the offices of al-Hikma movement after Ammar al-Hakim’s speech on Sadrist demonstrations, Iraqi sources said.

In turn, sources told Al Jazeera that there is no scheduled session of the Iraqi parliament for Saturday, and no date has been set for the session to elect the head of state and prime minister.

The Green Zone is seeing tough security measures by increasing the number of concrete barriers and closing the roads leading to it, after supporters of the Sadrist movement threatened to attack the Green Zone again in protest against the appointment of the coordination structure, Muhammad Shia al-Sudan as the prime ministerial candidate of the next government.

Last Wednesday, thousands of Sadrist supporters besieged the House of Representatives building inside the Green Zone to protest al-Sudani’s nomination for prime minister. Call of Muqtada Al Sadr.

Wait for the appointment of Sudan

On the other hand, the coordination framework confirmed the adherence to Muhammad Shia al-Sudani as a candidate for prime minister, and the framework called for all political forces to agree before the parliamentary session.

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The Shiite Coordinating Framework in Iraq has called on the political forces to remain steadfast in their position to complete the constitutional dues before the parliamentary session dedicated to electing the President of the Republic.

For its part, the Iraqi Sovereignty Coalition has announced that it will not attend the next parliamentary session unless the demands of its masses and allies in the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, and the Sadrist movement are understood.

The coalition’s statement stressed the need to find a comprehensive national understanding before entering into any details regarding the next government, and stressed that the logic of exclusivity would only bring more instability in Iraq.

The call of the sages

Meanwhile, Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Coalition of National Government Forces in Iraq, called on Friday for Kurdish forces to agree to appoint a candidate for the presidency as soon as possible.

Al-Hakim said in front of a large crowd of his supporters in Al-Khilani Square in central Baghdad, “I ask that there be a clear mechanism for electing the president of the republic and not put it in demonstrations and closed meetings, and that the Kurds agree on one candidate or go with two candidates.” , and the choice will soon be left to Parliament”.

Al-Hakim called for serious work to amend the Iraqi parliamentary election law, while protecting the rights of constituents, finalizing statutory laws in the field of nominations, and calling for a break from the political ban complex, avoiding its danger, and resorting to the law. Upholding the Constitution and the dignity of the State.

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In his speech, Al-Hakim stressed that “because the unity of Iraq is red, based on mutual trust and joint action in making strategic decisions and combating treason, the political forces must open a page for serious dialogue in the spirit that Iraq deserves.” line.”

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