Iraq’s top judicial body rejects Sadrist lawsuit to dissolve parliament

Iraqi federal supreme court also annuls its previous order to suspend the work of Iraqi parliament’s presidency

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq’s top judicial body on Wednesday rejected the lawsuit filed by the Sadrist movement, demanding the dissolution of parliament and holding early elections.

The Iraqi supreme federal court, after a series of the session postponement finally rejected the lawsuit made by the Sadrist movement earlier that demanded the dissolution of the current elected parliament, and hold an early election.

“Lawmakers should not be a part of paralyzing the constitutional institutions,” The Federal supreme court said, according to the state news agency.

Earlier in mid-August influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr granted a week deadline to the Iraqi Judicial council to dissolve the parliament and hold an early election in the country.

The council replied to Sadr’s demand and said “The Supreme Judicial Council does not have the authority to dissolve parliament,” it said in a statement, adding it cannot “interfere in the work of the legislative or executive authorities.”

Sadr, whose political bloc won the largest number of seats in parliament after an election in October but failed to form a majority government that excluded his Iran-aligned rivals.

He called on his supporters to hold massive protests and march toward the parliament in order to prevent the formation of a government out of his party.

Iraq’s political deadlock is now in its 10th month, the longest in the country since the 2003 United States-led invasion reset the political order. The road map ahead is unclear as parliament has exceeded the constitutional timeline for forming a new government following the election.

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