Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr after his resignation from politics into the “green zone” of Baghdad
Iraqi authorities impose curfew 15.30 (time coincides with Moscow time) throughout Baghdad after statements by influential Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr about leaving politics and entering the streets of his supporters, is contained in the statement of the joint operational headquarters of the country.
Hundreds of supporters of an influential Iraqi Shiite politician Moqtada al-Sadr after his resignation from politics broke into a “Green zone” of Baghdad. According to the channel “al Arabiya”, the protesters also broke into the Republican Palace – the headquarters of the government of Iraq, located in the “Green zone”.
On Monday, the al-Sadr, whose supporters continue to protest in Parliament, said that resigned from politics. Influential Shiite religious figure and politician also hinted that there is a threat of murder.”The joint operational command declares curfew in the capital Baghdad… starting at 15: 30 Monday”, – stated in the message of the security forces.
In Baghdad in late July, resumed protests by supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr. Protesters broke into the Parliament building and stated that they did not plan to leave. In August, al-Sadr called on judicial authorities to dissolve the Parliament and President of the country to determine the date of elections to the legislative Assembly. However, the Supreme judicial Council of Iraq refused.
The demonstrations began after the nomination for the post of Prime Minister Muhammad al-Sudani – Challenger from the block “Coordination platform”, which is the Parliament’s main Shiite parties except block al-Sadr and his supporters. “Coordination platform” also called on followers to protest the borders of the Green zone. Previously one of the leaders of the bloc “Coordination platform” Amer al-Faiz has told RIA Novosti that the unit has no plans to withdraw its candidate for Prime Minister.
Iraq is in a state of political crisis. After a meeting held in October 2021 parliamentary elections, the political forces of the country have been unable to elect a new President and form a government.
In may, won the parliamentary election bloc al-Sadr announced his retirement in opposition after the failure of several initiatives to form the government, thereby giving the chance to other parties and independent MPs to form a Cabinet. In June bloc MPs, resigned amid the protracted crisis in the formation of the government.