Sadrist lawmakers have been “forbade” to return to legislative chamber: Sadr’s advisor

A few lawmakers attend a session of parliament on the selection of new Iraqi president, February 7, 2022. (Photo: Bzhar Dabagh/Esta Media Network)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Advisor to influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in a statement on Wednesday has “forbade” the Sadrist lawmakers to return to the parliament months after they resigned.

Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi, a self-proclaimed advisor of Muqtada al-Sadr responded to speculations that Sadr would return to the Iraqi parliament after he ordered his lawmakers to resign in mid-June.

“Returning the Sadrist bloc lawmakers to parliament is forbade under any pretext,” al-Iraq saidi.

The Sadrist movement will not engage in agreements under any circumstances with its Shiite rival bloc, the Shiite coordination framework, according to al-Iraqi’s statement.

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 left 73 seats vacant in the parliament, demanding the dissolution of the chamber.

The Intra-Shiite power struggle over gaining the upper hand in the country has led Iraq into a record of months without a government, ten-month have passed since the latest parliamentary election in October 2021, and parties have failed to reach an agreement and vote for a new cabinet.

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