Sadr’s proxy rejects any engagements in formation of Sudani’s government

Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during the Muslim holiday’s morning prayer at the Grand Mosque of Kufa near the central Iraqi shrine city of Najaf, some 160 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad, on June 05, 2019. – Muslims worldwide are celebrating Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Sadrist movement on Saturday announced that neither directly nor indirectly they will not partake in the new Iraqi government which will be formed by Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani.

PM-designate Sudani has been tasked freshly to form the new government within 30 days after Iraq on Thursday named the new President.

The proxy to the Iraqi Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who leads the movement, Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi announced that the Sadrist will boycott Sudani’s government.

“Neither we nor any of our affiliates will participate in the formation of the new government,” al-Iraqi said in a statement.

“We renew our absolute rejection of their participation,” the statement stressed.

Iraq’s parliament elected Kurdish politician Latif Rashid as president, who immediately named Mohammed Shia al-Sudani prime minister-designate to form the new government, ending a year of deadlock after a national election in October last year.

Sudani is the nominee of the largest parliamentary bloc known as the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-aligned factions.

The Sadrist movement emerged as the largest parliamentary bloc following the October 2021 elections.

However, the camp withdrew from the legislative chamber while holding 73 seats and in August Sadr said that he would quit politics, prompting the worst violence in Baghdad for years when his loyalists stormed a government palace and fought rival Shi’ite groups, most of them backed by Iran and with armed wings.

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