Sadrist movement orders protesters to evacuate parliament building

Members of Iraqi security forces gather as supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protest against corruption near the Green Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq July 30, 2022. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

SULAIMANI (ESTA) —Sadrist movement on Tuesday ordered the protesters to evacuate the parliament building and move the sit-in to the outside of the building within 72 hours deadline.

“After the liberation of the Iraqi council of representatives and shifting it to the people’s council, the Sadrist movement decided to order the protester to evacuate the parliament building within 72 hours”, and “move the sit-in to the outside of the building,” Al-Sadr’s minster  Salih Muhammad al-Iraqi said in a tweet.

The minister also said, “We are forming a committee from the protesters to regulate the demonstrations and manage them”.

The supporters of influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have stormed the parliament building since July 30 and holding a set-in inside the building.

Sadr’s followers’ demonstrations have emerged to prevent the parliament to convene and hold the presidential elections outside of the Sadrist movement.

The protesters were mainly against the nomination of Sadr’s political rival Shiite coordination framework backed-nominee Muhammed Shia’ al-Sudani for Iraq’s premiership and further demanded the dissolution of the parliament and hold another early election.

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