Opposition to the Prime Minister.. Supporters of the Shia leader entered the Iraqi parliament and protested

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oi-Nantha Kumar R

Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2022, 16:57 [IST]

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Iraq: The supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr entered the parliament building in Baghdad to protest the appointment of Mohammad al-Sudani as the prime minister of Iraq, occupied it and engaged in a protest by lying on the speaker’s table and dancing.

Parliamentary elections were held in Iraq in October last year. Various political parties contested in this. The nationalist Charoun coalition led by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadar, who opposed the US intervention in Iraq, also competed in this.

This alliance was predicted to win. Accordingly, Muqtada al-Sadr’s coalition won most of the seats. However, there was confusion between the coalition parties in the selection of the Prime Ministerial candidate.

Election of new prime minister

Election of new prime minister

Thus, Mustafa Al Khatimi is acting as the interim Prime Minister. It is in this situation that the election for the new Prime Minister is going to be held. Mohammed Al Sudani has filed his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister. It is said that he may be selected as the Prime Minister. Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr are strongly opposed to this.

A siege in Parliament

A siege in Parliament

In this case, Muqtada Al Sadr’s supporters have led a protest against Muqd Al Sudani. His supporters suddenly besieged the parliament building in Baghdad. After that, there was an argument and push between the security forces and him. The police and security forces fired tear gas and water to scare them away.

  Immigration in Parliament

Immigration in Parliament

However, a large number of protesters broke through the security cordons and entered the Parliament building. And they were lying on the tables of the Speaker of Parliament. Many others danced in the Parliament premises. Pictures and videos related to this have been released on social media. In this situation, Prime Minister Mustafa Alkhatimi asked them to leave the parliament. The security forces fought for several hours and expelled the protesters from the parliament.

  Discharge

Discharge

However, the situation continues to be chaotic. Despite being an oil-rich country, Iraq is often in political turmoil. This is why there is now a political crisis. There is a problem of corruption and unemployment. And people are angry at the lack of service delivery by the government. It is noteworthy that in 2019, the people’s protest broke out after the parliament was dissolved in 2016.

English summary

Supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr entered and occupied the parliament building in Baghdad to protest the appointment of Mohammed al-Sudani as the prime minister of Iraq and engaged in a protest by lying on the speaker’s table and dancing.


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