For the second time in less than a week, thousands of supporters of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed parliament, denouncing the name of the candidate for prime minister of al-Sadr’s opponents.
This escalation will further complicate the country’s political scene, in complete paralysis from the early legislative elections of October 2021, with interminable negotiations and skirmishes between the major parties that have so far failed to agree on the election of the president and the assignment of a new prime minister.
On Sunday morning, the volunteers were distributing soup, boiled eggs, bread and water to the demonstrators who spent the first night. in Parliament, as an AFP journalist testified.
In the Parliament Garden, some sat on mats under palm trees while others slept on mattresses and blankets spread across the Parliament floor. The religious chants of Ashura were broadcast by loudspeakers, in coinciding with the beginning of the month of Muharram Sunday in Iraq, in which the Shiites commemorate the memory of Imam Hussein.
“The politicians who are currently in parliament have done nothing “, said the 45-year-old protester Abdel-Wahab al-Jaafari, father of nine children.” I have been here since yesterday, to claim the rights of the poor, “adds the man, who works as a laborer. influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is waging a campaign of pressure on his political opponents, rejecting their candidate for prime minister.
Protesters reject the name of Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, who was nominated by al-Sadr’s political opponents to the post of prime minister in the coordination framework that includes the Shia blocs, in in particular the rule of law led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Al-Fateh bloc in representation of pro-Iranian popular mobilization factions. Umm Hussein, 42, says: “Sadr’s demands are for an honest government away from the picture. The picture names figures known for corruption who have provided nothing for the country, Sudanese or non-Sudanese.”