Audio leaks strain the atmosphere between al-Sadr and al-Maliki

Today, Tuesday, the Iraqi judiciary announced the opening of an investigation into audio leaks attributed to former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which inflamed tension between him and the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr. , to further complicate the political tension scene since the early legislative elections.

While al-Maliki denied that those recordings belonged to him, pointing out that they were “fabricated”, they produced tensions that would have made it more difficult for the country to form a new government.

Al-Maliki’s party, which is one of the most important politicians in Iraq, he declared yesterday in a statement: “We will not be carried away in a blind conflict between the children of the same nation “.

Meanwhile, the High Council of the Judiciary has announced in a note that an investigative court “received a request submitted to the Public Prosecutor’s Office to take legal action in about the leaks of audio attributed to Mr. Nuri al-Maliki, and is currently in a fundamental investigation was carried out in this regard in according to law”.

An Iraqi journalist posted five leaked recordings on his Twitter account in to which the speaker, presented as al-Maliki, attacks the Shia forces, in particularly the Sadrist movement and its leader Muqtada al-Sadr, with whom he has had tense relations for years.

The entry in the recording speaks of the possibility of internal fighting between Shiite forces, describing Al-Sadr as “lust for blood” and “money”. The PMF also attacks al-Maliki’s allies in the coordination framework, saying that “it is in the hands of Iran”.

The leader of the Sadrist movement responded to these leaks, calling on al-Maliki to “declare isolation and withdraw from political action”. He asked for “the extinction of the conflict through a joint denunciation by the leaders of the blocs allied with him on the one hand and by the elders of his clan on the other”.

Speaking of al-Maliki, he added: “He has no right, after these destructive ideas, to lead Iraq.”

This tension fits into the context of a dispute in course between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework in of which al-Maliki is the most member in view, as the results of the early parliamentary elections were announced nine months ago. The two sides failed to agree on a formula to get the country out of the political impasse and form a government.

Al-Sadr decided last June to withdraw his 73 deputies from parliament, in a move that was considered aimed at increasing pressure on his political opponents. With the withdrawal of deputies from the Sadrist bloc, the coordination framework has the largest number of seats, but so far the framework has not even been in able to agree on the name of his candidate for prime minister.

Late Monday night, hundreds of Sadrist supporters gathered in cities in the south of the country to protest the registrations, in particularly in Nassiriyah, Amara and Kut, the AFP correspondents reported.

In Nasiriyah, protesters raised images of Muqtada al-Sadr and his father, according to an AFP correspondent.

Dozens also gathered in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, a neighborhood named after Muhammed al-Sadr, Muqtada’s father, but quickly dispersed, according to a security source.

Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, a close associate of al-Sadr, had called for calm in a tweet, saying, “No need for evidence regarding leaks.”