Shafaq News/ Two armed Shiite factions responded, on Thursday, to the speech of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, stressing that the blocs objecting to the election results are “not losers”, while one of them demanded that al-Sadr take the initiative first to hand over the weapons of his faction, Saraya al-Salam, to the hands of the state.
The Secretary-General of the Imam Ali Brigades, Shibl al-Zaidi, said in a tweet on Twitter, followed by Shafak News Agency, “The blocs objecting to the forgery are not lost blocs, and they have enough evidence, facts, suspicions, violations and manipulation to prove the forgery process, but they dealt rationally, wisely and patiently and used legal and legal methods.”
He added, “We did not work or try to destroy the political process or jump on it, but rather to return it to the right path. If it was the opposite and manipulation occurred from other parties, the situation would have been very different.”
Al-Zaidi concluded by saying, “We are state builders and demanders of truth, and there is no right lost behind demands, and our resolve will not fail the struggle of the counter forces, nor their statements, nor their blessing with the legitimacy of electoral fraud and fraud.”
For his part, the security official of the Iraq Hezbollah Brigades, Abu Ali al-Askari, said in a tweet on Twitter, which was followed by Shafak News Agency, commenting on al-Sadr’s speech, “We welcome the speech of handing over or confining arms to the state because of its contribution to sparing people the evils of internal fighting.”
And he added, “The above-mentioned party should be the one who first begins handing over weapons, especially heavy ones, and transferring the responsibility of its brigades to the Popular Mobilization leadership for the purpose of organizing them and removing the undisciplined from them.”
Earlier today, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced a set of conditions for the participation of the losing Shiite political forces in the elections in forming the next Iraqi government, most notably the dissolution of all armed factions.
Al-Sadr said in a press conference held today in Najaf, “My message is to the political forces that consider themselves losers in the elections. Those elections whose integrity the world has witnessed, should not be your loss to end and ruin the democratic process in Iraq now and in the future.”
He addressed those forces, saying: If you participate in the formation of the government, you must hold accountable those afflicted with suspicions of corruption and hand them over to the judiciary to determine the facts.
Al-Sadr stressed the liquidation of the popular crowd from the undisciplined elements and not to involve them in politics, and the severing of all foreign relations with foreign countries in a way that preserves for Iraq its prestige and not to interfere in the affairs of neighboring countries.
He demanded “the dissolution of all armed factions in one go, and handing over their weapons to the crowd under the supervision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”