Sadr to not sit idly if Coordination Framework form government, says his proxy

Iraqi Shiite leader and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech to his supporters following Friday prayers at the grand mosque of Kufa in the central Iraqi shrine city, some 160 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad, on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will not sit idly if his Shiite rival blocs form the government without the Sadrist movement, said a proxy to Sadr on Tuesday.

A mouthpiece to powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, Salih Muhammad al-Iraqi has revealed concern over the formation of a government without the Sadrist movement by Sadr’s political opponent, the Shiite coordination framework, saying Sadr will not sit idly, he said in a statement on Twitter.

“Sadr will not sit by and watch, he will do his utmost to prevent that,” al-Iraqi said.

Al-Iraqi warned the coordination framework of proceeding with the parliament session that they are planning, according to the statement.

Sadr early Monday announced his retirement from politics. And in a televised speech on Tuesday said that he is just an ordinary Iraqi citizen and no more interfering in politics.

The rivalry between the Iraqi Shiite blocs and the Shia cleric has left Iraq in a state of political unrest since an early parliamentary election in October 2021.

At least ten-month has passed since the election, but MPs could not hold a session to vote for the new government due to dispute among the parties.


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