Shafaq News/ Both the Shiite coordination framework and the Sadrist movement opposing it issued new directives today, Thursday, to their supporters to mobilize for counter-demonstrations in the central and southern regions of Iraq against the background of the worsening political crisis, and its access to a closed road in the country.
The “Organizing Committee for Demonstrations to Defend Legitimacy and Preserve State Institutions” of the framework said in a statement today that “the start of mass demonstrations (the people protect the state) will be at five o’clock in the afternoon, tomorrow, Friday, August 12, 2022, on the green walls on the side of the suspension bridge.” .
The statement called on “all Iraqis who love their country and their state” to “actively participate in order to demand respect for state institutions, especially the legislative and judicial ones, and to prevent lawlessness, chaos, and disruption of security and community peace, and to peacefully demand the formation of a national service government that alleviates people’s suffering from high prices, water scarcity and electricity cuts, and approves a budget The state is to provide job opportunities and eliminate unemployment and poverty, and it takes upon itself the responsibility of completing the project of the great port of Faw and the rest of the lagging projects, and it has a real role in supporting farmers and promoting agriculture, and fighting corruption by activating the role of integrity and financial control, and other matters that concern Iraq and the Iraqis.
He added, “Our date is the bridge, and the free people will have a patriotic stand that refuses to confiscate the opinion of the people and monopolize it under any pretext. Iraq is for all, the parliament is for all the people, and the judiciary is the pillar of the state.”
The statement called on supporters of the framework to “adhere to the instructions of the committee, not to encroach on public and private property, and to cooperate fully with our brothers in the Iraqi security forces.”
In turn, the “Minister of the Leader” who is close to the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr said in a post on social media, “The reform-lovers should prepare (to support reform) by gathering each in his governorate, and at five o’clock tomorrow, Friday, you will be rewarded with the best reward and stay until further notice.” From this page, not fake pages.
He attributed the reasons for the demonstrations, including what he called the anger of the corrupt, “as well as filling out legal forms to be submitted to the judiciary in order to dissolve Parliament.”
This is the second counter-demonstrations mobilized by the Shiite poles since the Sadrists stormed the building of the Iraqi parliament in protest against the nomination of the framework Mohammed Shiitea Al-Sudani for the post of Prime Minister.
The political scene in Iraq has undergone a dangerous turn since supporters of the Sadrist movement led by prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the parliament building in the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, and staged a sit-in in protest against Al-Sudani’s nomination for the position of head of the next federal government.
The Sadrist bloc had obtained the highest votes in the early legislative elections that took place in October of 2021, but the efforts of the leader of the current failed to form the new federal government due to the Shiite coordination framework standing in its way by obtaining a fatwa from the Federal Court with the so-called blocking third in a contract The session for electing the President of the Republic, which paves the way for naming the Prime Minister.
The three-way alliance between the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani, the Sovereignty Alliance headed by Khamis al-Khanjar, and the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr was broken following the resignation of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies, and the movement’s withdrawal from the political process by order of al-Sadr.
The political scene is in a crisis situation and a dead end unprecedented in the history of Iraq, as more than 300 days have passed since the early elections without being able to form a new government in the country, and the caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi remains.
On the tenth of last October, Iraq held early legislative elections to get out of a political crisis that swept the country after large demonstrations in the central and southern regions in 2019 in protest against the widespread unemployment in society, the spread of financial and administrative corruption in government departments and institutions, and the deteriorating reality The service and the livelihood, which prompted the former prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to resign under popular pressure.
As soon as the preliminary results of the elections were announced, the voices of political forces and actors rose in their rejection of losing many seats, accusing them of major fraud in the ballot, which was denied by the executive and judicial authorities, at a time when the United Nations and international organizations praised the integrity of the electoral process.