Emtidad party Joins Sadr’s demand to change Iraqi constitution

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Emtidad party formed by Tishreen (October) protestors on Tuesday joined Muqtada al-Sadr’s demand to change the Iraqi constitution.   

In a statement, the Emitidad party said, “To escape the country from the trapped crises, we should change the political system, from parliamentary to presidency or semi-presidency.”

“The party aims is to amend the Iraqi constitution and shift the political system to the presidency and dissolve the provincial councils and hold a direct election for the new councils,” it said.

The Emitdad statement came after when influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr posted a tweet on Sunday regarding the ongoing protests in Baghdad demanding fundamental change in the political system including the constitution.

In response to Sadr’s tweet, member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party politburo Hoshyar Zebari in a tweet said, “Current Iraq’s political system and its constitution can be only changed by constitutional mechanism and consensus rather than personal mood”.

Emtidad has formed out of the Tishreen (October) protest movement and considers itself representative of the thousands of people who took to the streets in 2019 and overthrew the government of former prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

In the latest parliamentary elections, the party won a total of 9 seats in Dhi Qar, Najaf, Babil, and al-Qadisiyah.

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