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Iraqi Shi’ite Sadrist lawmakers resign from parliament

WorldIraqi Shi'ite Sadrist lawmakers resign from parliament

Baghdad (The Times Groupe)- Members of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc resigned from Iraq’s parliament on Sunday in an apparent bid to end eight months of political stalemate.

Al Sadr had urged members of his bloc, the largest in parliament, to resign over the failure to form a new government in Iraq.

A video posted on social media accounts affiliated with the Sadrist movement shows Hassan Al-Azari, who leads the parliamentary faction of the movement, handing 75 resignation letters to Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, who approves and signs them.

Al-Sadr’s cousin, Mohammad Jaafar al-Sadr, who was the alliance’s candidate for the Iraqi presidency, has also withdrawn from the race.

“I had accepted to be nominated for the national and reformist project of Muqtada al-Sadr. But it’s time to withdraw,” he announced on his social media account.

Previously, Muqtada al-Sadr had formed a tripartite alliance with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) under Masoud Barzani and a coalition of Sunni parliamentary groups known as the Sovereignty Alliance to form a government.

The Sadrist movement won 75 of the 329 seats in Iraq’s parliament during the general elections held in October 2021. However, disagreements persist between the Shiite umbrella organization close to Iran and Sadr regarding the formation of the government.

As a result of the current conflict between Shiite groups, the country is paralyzed and unable to form a new government.

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