He stressed that his current will not participate in any elections or government under the current political class
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi and his government to resign immediately, an injection of blood, warning of “the beginning of the end of Iraq,” if the government does not resign.
“Unless the government resigns, it will be the end of Iraq,” Sadr said in a statement on Thursday. Regarding the charges against the Sadr movement for riding the wave of demonstrations, Sadr denied that he had ordered his followers to be thrown into the demonstrations, saying that «if he was to follow his followers for what remained a green or red», noting that today «between the charge of riding the wave of demonstrations and lying in our cloak».
Sadr pointed out that he distanced himself between «purely corrupt government and demonstrators who have not committed to peaceful yet despair of them». Sadr said he would no longer participate in any government or upcoming elections in light of the current political class. He expressed concern and grief over the future of Iraq. While Sadr advised what he called «the first party, the government to resign immediately», he advised «the second party, the demonstrators to adhere to public morality to demonstrate because their reputation is more important than anything».
In this context, Dr. Adnan Al-Sarraj, head of the Iraqi Center for Media Development, told Asharq Al-Awsat that «the call for the dismissal of the government has become a matter of deliberation and therefore what was issued by Sadr will strengthen such calls, but the question remains is in the alternative able to face the repercussions of the crisis».
Al-Sarraj added that «the situation in Iraq has become very complex in light of the continued lack of horizon to resolve by the political blocs, so it is at a time when the demand to dismiss the government part of the solutions to overcome the crisis, but it can enter us in another crisis unless the alternative is agreed upon the appropriate”.
In addition, the security media cell announced that it was decided to assign some military leaders to be members of the crisis cell in the provinces to assume command and control of all security and military services in the province. A statement by the cell on Thursday that «the importance of policing and law enforcement in the provinces and the protection of institutions and public and private interests and the protection of citizens has been formed crisis cells headed by the governors». The statement added: «As directed by the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, it was decided to assign some military leaders to be members of the crisis cell to assume command and control of all security and military services in the province and to help the governors in the performance of their tasks».
While parliament was expected to speed up legislation on the election law and the commission, as demanded by Shi’ite cleric Ali al-Sistani last week during Friday sermons, the widening of the protests, especially in the center and south, complicated the political landscape. The parliament postponed its scheduled meeting on Thursday to next week, and the reshuffle that was supposed to be voted on during yesterday’s session was also postponed.
For his part, the spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office Saad al-Hadithi said that the assignment of military commanders to certain tasks, does not mean the appointment of new governors or that their duties are like governors. Al-Hadithi said in a press statement: «There is no article in the Constitution refers to the appointment of any military governor as governor». He added: «There is nothing in the Constitution in the name of a military governor, there is a police chief, commander of operations, but as a governor there is no order to dismiss any governor or appoint a military commander as governor».
On the reforms introduced by the government and parliament, says MP of the National Approach Hazem al-Khalidi that «accelerate the issue of reforms is necessary through the legislation of the legislative elections of the House of Representatives and the Electoral Commission and find solutions to the crisis of housing and unemployment», pointing out that «the next step of this matter is to go to dissolve the Council MPs have signed a document to dissolve the Council ». He added that «dissolving the Council is a necessary step because this real solution is through the removal of the ruling political class as being rejected by the Iraqi people», pointing out that «the Prime Minister to stay away from the deadlines for reforms or ministerial amendments and to resign immediately because our experience with the ministerial amendments did not Going beyond the satisfaction of some political blocs ».
On the constitutional amendments, Dr. Naeem al-Aboudi, a member of the Iraqi parliament for the Fatah bloc and a member of the constitutional amendments committee, told Asharq Al-Awsat that «the committee of constitutional amendments has already started its work and developed a plan to act by listening to the views of the various parties on the articles to be amended from the Constitution» He pointed out that «there are extensive meetings with representatives of trade unions and various bodies in addition to seminars in this regard as well as discussing the report of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments prior to the fact that an effort has been made in this direction can not be exceeded».
He explained that «there are articles can be easily modified while controversial articles will be working towards the amendment and will be submitted to the articles that were not agreed to the parliament for the purpose of voting by a majority and subject to a referendum». Aboudi explained that «the basic articles that need to be amended is the abolition of the provincial councils and Article 76 of the Constitution, which concerns the largest bloc, as well as other articles are very important».