Offbeat: Human tide in Baghdad, new Moqtada Sadr

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  Marée humaine à Bagdad, nouvelle démonstration de force de Moqtada Sadr © AFP

D Es tens of thousands of supporters of Moqtada Sadr's traditional Friday prayer in the ultra -seconded green zone in Baghdad, new demonstration of force 'Influent politician about to obtain anticipated legislative elections from his rivals, under certain conditions.

After prayer, a few hundred demonstrators have returned near the parliament which they have occupied since July 30 in the green zone, the luxurious district completed in the heart of the capital housing state and embassies. They found the building empty and the doors closed, but the protesters, installed in tents, continue their camp in the gardens of the institution, as requested by the Sadrist.

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The sit-in was initiated to protest against a candidacy for the post of Prime Minister presented by the opponents of Mr. Sadr, the powerful Shiite pro-Iran factions of the coordination framework.

Capitalizing on its ability to mobilize crowds, Moqtada Sadr called for the dissolution of the Parliament and the anticipated legislative elections, less than a year after the ballot he had won hands down.

The coordination framework said he was open to early elections, half-motivating the end of the sit-in in Parliament.

Friday, three weeks after a previous prayer in Baghdad having attracted hundreds of thousands of people, an immense crowd of supporters of Mr. Sadr flocked to a large esplanade from the green zone for the traditional Muslim prayer of mid-day.

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protecting itself from the sun with parasols by a warmth of 46 degrees Celsius in the shade and brandishing Iraqi flags and Sadr portraits, men -and some women -settled on their prayer carpet.

"Yes, yes to the reforms", "no, no to corruption", chanted the faithful.

"Prisoner of the corrupt"

Video: In Iraq, the supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr again occupy the Parliament in Baghdad (France 24)

"We support the claims (...) Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr: the dissolution of the Parliament and the holding of early elections, "launched the Imam of the prayer, installed on a platform.

"Iraq is a prisoner of corrupt," he accused, castigating in his preaching "the glaring deterioration of public services, health and education".

It does not matter if the faithful to Moqtada Sadr also occupy the highest levels in the ministries, his supporters see him as a figure in the opposition and a herald of the fight against corruption.

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"When he wants to use the people for a cause, he calls for a blessed Friday prayer and unifies the ranks of Muslims", launched, near Sabers sculptures on the esplanade, a supporter of Mr. Sadr, Cheikh Ali Al-Atabi, 38 years old.

"It is a thorn (in the foot) of the enemy, to claim elections and reforms," ​​said another, Qassem Abou Moustafa, 40 -year -old civil servant.

Ten months after the legislative elections, Iraq is still waiting for the appointment of a new Prime Minister and a President of the Republic, against the backdrop of political quarrels.

The October 2021 ballot had been won by the Sadrist current, which represented the most important group with 73 deputies in a fragmented parliament where no camp has succeeded in building a clear majority among the 329 elected officials.

not having managed to bring together the majority to appoint a Prime Minister, Mr. Sadr resigned his deputies in June, abandoning his opponents the task of forming a government.

"Will of the masses"

A dissolution of the Parliament must be activated by an absolute majority vote and can be requested by a third of the deputies, or by the Prime Minister with agreement of the President of the Republic.

The adversaries of Mr. Sadr, who maintains jagged relationships with Shiite Iran, replied Thursday evening.

"The coordination framework affirms its support for any constitutional path to resolve political crises and act in the interest of the people, including early elections," said a statement from this alliance.

This alliance notably brings together the former paramilitaries of Hachd al-Chaabi, integrated into the regular forces as well as the party of ex-Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.

The President of the Parliament, Mohamed Al-Halboussi, brought his support for early legislative elections on Twitter, believing that it was "impossible to ignore the will of the masses".

05/08/2022 15:26:42-Baghdad (AFP)-© 2022 AFP

Iraq: The standoff between the two Shiite camps hardens .
© Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters of the supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr during a demonstration in the Iraqi Parliament, August 4, 2022. Ten months after the Last legislative elections, the Iraqi political crisis is only increasing. The two camps-that of the religious leader Moqtada al-Sadr and the coordination framework of the former Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, both from the Shiite community-remain on opposite positions. The two camps are mobilizing their supporters this Friday, August 12.

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